Mar 14, 2013 at 1:18 pm
The demand for housing is growing in Grand Forks County and officials are trying to inventory not only current needs but future building plans. The issue prompted a roundtable discussion among county and local leaders. County Commissioner John Schmisek also chairs the Base Realignment Impact Committee and says future growth opportunities could add to the shortage. Schmisek says those opportunities include landing a new tanker mission at the GFAFB and approval of a UAS technology park on the base.
Schmisek says the county and base committee are making good progress on a lease for over 200 acres of Air Force land for UAS activities. The two phase project could generate as many as 27-hundred jobs. Schmisek says they hope to have an agreement to lease with the Air Force Civil Engineering Center by April or May with a final deal completed by October or November.
As a side note Northrup Grumman has committed to being an anchor tenant in the new park. The global aerospace company is expected to discuss its involvement in the project during a summit meeting in Grand Forks at the end of May.