Dalrymple Celebrates Dedication of Wolf Run Village Housing Complex in Watford City
BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple was in Watford City today to celebrate the opening of Wolf Run Village, a $6 million complex that will provide affordable housing for essential services employees, including teachers, law enforcement personnel, as well as city, county and school district employees. The 42-unit complex is comprised of 24 one-bedroom apartments and 18 two-bedroom townhomes. The first two buildings in the six-building complex opened to residents August 2, with the remaining four buildings scheduled to be completed by October 1.
As part of today’s ceremony, Dalrymple also joined local and state officials, along with many children, to break ground on the community’s new daycare facility – Wolf Pup Daycare – which will be built next to the complex and open to all Watford City residents. The 17,000-square-foot facility will provide daycare for up to 200 children and employ around 40 people, and is expected to be completed in early 2014.
“Wolf Run Village is a great example of how public and private resources can come together to meet the vital needs of our communities, including affordable housing for essential services employees and childcare facilities,” Dalrymple said. “The state is proud to be a partner in the development of this important project and in working with Watford City and the region to address the impacts of rapid growth.”
Funding for the project came from a variety of public and private sources, including nearly $1.5 million from the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund and more than $500,000 through the state’s Law Enforcement Pilot Program, a program established to provide housing for law enforcement personnel. Watford City also received $125,000 in Energy Impact Grants to help fund the construction of the daycare facility.
Two years ago, city, county and school officials conducted a needs assessment survey to help determine the region’s vital needs. The survey identified access to affordable housing and daycare services as critical needs for the area. As a result, the community hired Bakken Housing Partners to develop both the housing and childcare projects. Bakken Housing Partners is owned by Mark Bragg and is working to develop housing throughout the Bakken.
Joining Dalrymple at the dedication and groundbreaking were Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, McKenzie County Economic Development Director Gene Veeder, McKenzie County School District Superintendent Steve Holen, and members of the Watford City Council and McKenzie County Commission.