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Dickinson on its way to getting first crew camp

The Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously gave Accommodate International of Austin, Texas the green light to build a 3,000-unit lodging facility on Energy Drive on the east side of town at a meeting this morning at City Hall.

Housing has been problematic for hundreds of people coming to the area from across the country to work in the Oil Patch.

Commissioners brought up issues with additional traffic, snow removal and employee shuttling.

Dennis VanLeeuwen of Accommodate said most employees will be bussed to their workplaces and the company will take snow removal into consideration.

Two residents brought up a concern for traffic along East Villard. The entrances to the road by Tiger Discount and Fisher Industries are dangerous and have been prone to accidents, Bob Zent said. An engineering firm is working on a plan to improve traffic flow in the area, City Engineer Shawn Soehren said.

The company needs to get final approval from the Dickinson City Commission before it breaks ground by the end of summer. Accommodate plans to have the man camp fully operational by the end of next year.

See Thursday's Dickinson Press for more on the story.