Killdeer City Auditor Dawn Marquardt knows some people suspend belief when it comes to developing the city of Killdeer.
By BRYCE MARTIN
Posted March 8, 2013
KILLDEER — Killdeer City Auditor Dawn Marquardt knows some people suspend belief when it comes to developing the city of Killdeer.
Her answer to them is to wait until spring comes.
During Monday’s Killdeer City Council meeting, Marquardt updated council members on the status of each development and explained what each development will be. She spoke with first-hand knowledge, as Marquardt is one of the two main people at the city-level that developers approach.
The different projects include a second Cenex C-Store and fueling station across from the Grab & Go, housing units, RV parks, a possible convenience store, two hotels and two restaurants.
“Has Killdeer changed from what it used to be? Absolutely,” Marquardt said. “But it’s going to be a nice growth if it’s done properly.”
Marquardt said she had no idea there was so much involved with creating a development. In most cases of the proposed Killdeer developments, developers already have invested hundreds-of-thousands of dollars just for the planning stages.
“The majority of these developments have gone beyond a ‘pipe dream,’ she said. “They have spent a considerable amount of money.”
Despite the fact that there is no contract or agreement holding any developer to their specific plans other than the land they purchased and the money they’ve invested, Marquardt is utterly confident that when spring thaw comes, construction will begin.
Currently in progress are nine developments, excluding projects already under construction, planned for the city. The combined total area of these projects will add an estimated 330 acres, or just over half a square mile, to Killdeer.
One of the projects that worried council members was property to the east of the city that is under question to be developed into a man camp, which is against the city’s wishes. It may, however, encounter difficulty with the planning and zoning commission.
“We’re controlling what’s happening here,” Killdeer Mayor Dan Dolechek said. “We’re not like Williston.”
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Developments coming soon to Killdeer:
–A Cenex C-Store across Highway 22 from the existing Grab & Go.
-18 acres of property to the north of Killdeer will become Gateway Village, developed by the Twin Rivers development group based in Arizona. The land will feature dozens of housing units, a hotel and a Mexican restaurant. Plans could change, however, as the addition of a convenience store could be added.
-Property to the east of the city is under question to be developed into a man camp, which is against the city’s wishes and may encounter difficulty with the planning and zoning commission.
-100 acres (plus a separate 15 acres) to be utilized for an RV park and housing, which is being developed by a group from Arizona.
-An area to the east of the city called Rodeo Ridge, which will be an industrial and commercial area.
-35 acres, developed by Peter Stalland of Minnesota, will be utilized for a mobile and RV park.
-80 acres to become a subdivision of homes called Mountain View, from an Idaho-based developer.
-The corner area across from the Grab & Go/Shell Station, which will feature a hotel, convenience store and a restaurant.
-Property developed by NRT, which will consist of commercial construction shops.