A project to expand and renovate Williston’s public works building, estimated to cost $20 million, will be included on the list of priorities for the city in 2017.

The expansion project was incorporated into the city’s 2010 master plan but the surge of regional activity required focus on infrastructure upgrades to facilitate water, road and sewer improvements. With many of the large-form projects complete, attention could be redirected to earlier plans.

“They’ve been planning this move for a few years and 2017 is first year we’ve had a chance to schedule everything,” City Administrator David Tuan said.

Concepts for the property, located at 809 Fifth St. E, have progressed since the request to approve preliminary development came before the Williston City Commission last spring. Outlined at the Jan. 9 city commission meeting, the expansion project would replace the antiquated administrative building and build a new shop. It would also afford renovations to the fuels pumps, wash bay and the facility’s yard.

The city commission approved the $1.3 million architectural services contract with Kodet Architectural group, which will include Hulsing Architects, AE2S Civil Engineers and Cain Thomas Mechanical Engineers as the project team.

Kodet Architectural Group was instrumental in delivering site plans and analysis, as well as aiding the development of a construction budget and schedule for the city.

“We tried to predict the ultimate growth and we scaled back from there,” Tuan said. “It will meet the demand, at least for the next 10 years.”

The updated public works site will be developed for greater accessibility for the community.

“The most important thing for the community is a place to go that will be an updated and accommodating place for the citizens,” Tuan stated. “It’s the expansion department heads needed and struggled through the boom without it.”

Plans for the coming project garnered half of the funding through the 2017 city budget, but other grants and revenue sources are being looked at for the remainder of the expansion, according to Tuan.

The project is expected to begin this spring though the heavy snowfall might render the land unsuitable for development until drier months.

While remaining a top priority, Tuan expects the former administrative building will be renovated as vehicle storage within the next five years as phase two of the project, ultimately reducing city expenditures currently allocated to storage rent.

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