Big Changes In Northwest Minot | VideoJenny Castro | 9/20/2012
Right now in northwest Minot crews are preparing the infrastructure for the first master planned community in Minot. This will include homes, apartments, retail stores, and the new Ramstad Middle School.
This summer, crews broke ground for the Northern Lights, a 400 hundred million dollar community development, spanning 400 acres of land.
"I would venture to say that it maybe the first of its kind in Minot in terms of long-term visioning on multiple types of land use,” said Joe Genovese, Co-Head of Operations for Genco Bakken Development.
Housing will be one of the immediate areas of development, with homes that will be ready before winter and at affordable price points.
"We started construction on the model homes this week, excavating for foundations, homes will be available for sale probably late October early November as well,” said Charlie Lange, general manager of Northern Lights Development.
“The Statesboro addition, 40 acres, 240 twin home lots and directly to the east of it is what we`re calling Idlewood Addition, it`s 240 single family detatched,” said Genovese.
Currently under construction, the new Ramstad Middle School will be part of the Northern Lights community, along with retail and entertainment space.
"Ranging from big box down to little service mom and pop shop if you will, church sites, everything being included, the whole idea being that this is just a place where people can live and not necessarily have to drive all the way back into south Minot to get services,” said Genovese.
Road construction is in the works right now, including work on 30th Avenue Northwest which would become one of the busiest streets in Minot.
Genovese says that once the rooftops are there the retailers will be able to pencil in Northern Lights.
The home development portion is scheduled to be completed in two to three years and the entire Northern Lights will be completely developed in 7 to eight years.