WILLISTON, N.D. - Dozens of new businesses have come into Williston this year, and 2020 is expected to be even busier due to redevelopment of the 800-acre Sloulin Field International Airport site, now known as the Williston Square.
Plans for the area include a civic center, casual and fast food restaurants, more apartment buildings or single-family homes, and big-box retailers. Williston Economic Development says due to the old airport’s ideal location within town, interest from developers and investors is high, and moving a lot faster than anticipated.
“We’re seeing interested parties wanting to be in there by 2020. So, that poses some challenges. We have a lot of infrastructure work we have to do, but first and foremost, we have to meet FAA satisfactory requirements to decommission that property," said Shawn Wenko, economic development office executive director.
The Williston Square redevelopment project has been in the planning stages for five years, and within the next two weeks, the layout of roads and infrastructure will be unveiled.