MANDAN, N.D. - A piece of land, commonly known as "Crying Hill," in Mandan is going through major renovations. The owner of the land wants to develop it into residential and commercial homes.
The Mandan Hill project is located in the northeast area of town, south of Interstate 94, and west of Mandan Avenue.
The multi-phased development covers 74 acres.
Antelope once grazed on this area.
I talked to several people who didn't want to go on camera, but they told me they're disappointed with what's going on with this development.
"It's development, it's going to happen. It's nice that it was prairie for a long time, but eventually it's going to get built on. There's nothing we can do about it," said Harold Leingang, resident.
The addition is an infill project, which means the residential and commercial units that will occupy that space won't stretch to the city limits.
"Filling in an empty part of the city that has city all around it. It makes good sense for growing the city," said Justin Froseth, Planning and Engineering Director.
Froseth says it's a good project that fits the Land Use Plan for the city of Mandan.
"This developer is aiming to subdivide and rezone so that the future occupants own their property," said Froseth.
The design of the project is developer driven.
KFYR reached out to the developer, who declined to comment at this time.
The Planning and Zoning Commission will hear the final plan for this project on Feb. 26.
If the approval of the plan goes through, the contractors would then start building streets.