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Affordable housing coming to Williston

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Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012 12:00 pm

A new housing development, Fendee Estates, officially broke ground last Monday.

 Fendee Estates, located north of Williston’s downtown, will provide the city with 703 single-family units including town homes, duplexes and single-family houses.  

 The subdivision will have all of the amenities available to a rural community while keeping the city of Williston’s standards with curbs, gutters, paved streets, rural water and an on-site sewer treatment facility.

Gary Fendich, managing director and CEO of Residential Commercial Development, LLC, said when he came to Williston a year ago, he saw homes that were in the $300,000-400,000 range.

“We weren’t seeing affordable housing,” Fendich said.

Because Fendich did not know enough about the community, he said the city commission and Planning and Zoning Commission spent time with him to show what Williston is about and what its needs were.

“We needed more housing for people not working in the oil field,” Fendich said.  

Fendich said the idea is to keep the housing costs down while still providing top quality construction.  He said the location was chosen considering where the winds come from, the topography of the area and snow removal.

Fendich was born in the Ukraine to a Christian family where his father served as a Christian pastor.  Because the Christian religion was not well recognized in the Ukraine, Fendich said he moved quite a bit including to  countries such as Poland, Austria and Italy before arriving to the U.S. in Seattle, Wash.

Since then, his company has completed projects in several states including Alaska, California and now North Dakota.

The subdivision will be completed in two different phases, finishing out different blocks of homes in each phase. Fendich said phase I is expected to be completed, without paving, in the next 90 days.  

Total completion for the entire subdivision is expected to be this time next year.

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