Downtown meeting

An open house on March 25 will provide the public an opportunity to view below ground and streetscape plans for changes coming to downtown Minot.

Representatives of the City of Minot, along with project engineers, will present ongoing design plans for the Downtown Minot Infrastructure Improvements Project in the Minot Auditorium, Room 201. The open house runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with a brief, formal presentation at 5:45 p.m.

“As we approach a 90 percent design milestone, it’s important that the public has a chance to view what is being considered for downtown Minot,” said Dave O’Shea, project manager. “We hope that anyone interested in the construction phasing, the streetscape design and the overall project will take some time to visit with us about the details of what is likely to take place. Having this interaction with the public will prove helpful in the ongoing process of revitalizing the downtown from the underground up.”

As part of the project, water mains, sanitary sewer lines, storm sewer lines, streets, sidewalks, street lights and other city infrastructure are being replaced within 26 city blocks. A large part of the downtown underground infrastructure is 80 to 100 years old and is nearing the end of its lifespan.

The construction portion of the project will be phased in over the next two years, in small segments to minimize disruption to downtown apartment tenants and businesses.

The project is being funded, in large part, by a nearly $18 million grant from the federal Economic Development Administration. The grant funds were announced last summer and will be matched by other grants as well as city funds and special assessments to the property owners.

The project engineers, hired by the City of Minot, are a team from Houston Engineering and MWH Americas.