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Published May 31, 2013, 08:57 AM

Williston leaders approve new downtown project

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Williston city commission has given the OK to a Chicago developer who wants to build a $16 million retail, residential and office complex in the North Dakota oil patch city.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Williston city commission has given the OK to a Chicago developer who wants to build a $16 million retail, residential and office complex in the North Dakota oil patch city.

The city will sell the lot to Renaissance Companies for $300,000. The agreement prevents the new owners from flipping the property.

Supporters of the project say the private investment will help revitalize downtown Williston. Opponents say the loss of parking could hurt existing businesses.

The Forum newspaper reports that Tate Cymbaluk was the only one of five commissioners to vote against the idea.

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