Back-and-forth continues between developer, City of Minot over townhome project

MINOT, N.D. – UPDATE: The City of Minot has responded to a developer in the latest back-and-forth over the progress of an affordable housing project.

The city of Minot says it met with Nathan Smith, the developer behind 16th Crossing, on numerous occasions and gave him numerous contract extensions to bring the southeast Minot project into compliance.

Also, the city claims that Smith is wrong when he says he offered to complete the required work by 2021, and that the city’s utility construction did not hamper the project’s timeline.

We reached out to Smith this evening, who said the city’s responses are "not true" and claims he has documentation to prove it.

We will have more on this developing story as it becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY: The developer of a Minot townhome project has responded to the city, who accused the developer of failing to follow through with finishing the townhomes and jeopardizing federal funding in the process.

Earlier this week the City of Minot announced it would begin taking corrective action against 16th Crossing, LLC, who was tasked with developing a community of town homes on the city’s southeast side.

The city argued that roughly $5 million from a Community Development Block Grant Fund went into the development, and the city put in nearly a million dollars of its own, but to date the developer has only completed roughly 20 percent of the townhomes promised in the agreement. The city said it intends to try to get its money back to avoid losing funding from Housing and Urban Development.

The developer has responded, saying that, "The city’s prolonged construction of the infrastructure delayed 16th Crossing’s initial start to building."

The developer claims the city was supposed to have the infrastructure construction completed by the fourth quarter of 2013, but it was not finished until the first quarter of 2016.

The developer also indicated that they would welcome an audit of the situation.

We will have more on this developing story as it becomes available.