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Watford City affordable housing project dedicated

WATFORD CITY -- Officials here dedicated an $8 million housing project Wednesday that will accommodate law enforcement, teachers, public service employees and their families.

Wolf Run Village, a 42-unit complex, uses public and private funds, including the Housing Incentive Fund, which will allow rent to be an estimated $800 to $900 a month for vital public employees. It includes 24 one-bedroom apartments and 18 two-bedroom townhomes.

Similar units in the oil boomtown would likely rent for $2,000 or more per month.

The complex, developed by Bakken Housing Partners LLC, is expected to be completely open in October, with some buildings opening this month to house teachers.

Wolf Run Village also will feature a childcare center that will accommodate up to 200 children, filling another critical need for the community. It's expected to be completed in February.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem were among officials who marked the dedication.

"Law enforcement agencies in western North Dakota have repeatedly cited increased housing costs and shortages as an issue in recruiting and retaining officers," Stenehjem said. "By providing affordable housing for public employees and a new day care center for the community, the Bakken Housing Partners are helping to deliver a safer future for Watford City and its new residents."