Housing to be installed north of DickinsonOil companies in the area will soon have a place to house their workers, since Bakken Commons, LLC, housing project is underway.
Oil companies in the area will soon have a place to house their workers, since Bakken Commons, LLC, housing project is underway.
John and Kathy Wegleitner along with Ken and Monica Kubischta are partners in the $800,000 project which will include three housing structures with room for up to 15 tenants in each.
Each facility has 10 bedrooms, John Wegleitner said.
“Five of them are big enough for double occupancy, but I can only get up to 15 people in the unit, it’s zoned for that,” Wegleitner said.
Each building is a pre-manufactured 2,280 square foot living quarters and the first building is expected to arrive in mid June, he added.
“It’s going to be a permanent structure,” Wegleitner said. “It’s not a man camp, it’s a housing facility.”
Construction on the foundation and septic system will begin next week, weather permitting, he added.
“We’re looking at corporate leases, where the company takes the whole building and we just give them the number of beds up to 15,” Wegleitner said.
Furniture and appliances will also be included in the facilities. Each will have a living room and kitchen, he said.
“It’s going to be nice, very nice,” Wegleitner said. “We want them to feel at home when they’re there.”
The structures will be located about eight miles north of Dickinson next to Joy Haven, the Kubischtas’ wedding and celebration venue with a country
“We eventually want to have it so we have a place for our guests,” Ken Kubischta said. “That’s what the big plan is. For now, we might as well take advantage of the situation.”
The Bakken Commons will be just north of Joy Haven and about 2,000 feet from Highway 22.
“You won’t be able to see them (from the highway) because of all the trees around to the west of Joy Haven,” Kubischta said.
There will be parking space for trucks and a fourth building is a possibility if the first three go well.
“We’re also looking at putting cold storage along the outer edge of the premises,” Kubischta said.
They are hoping to have the first building occupied by July, he added.
“It’s to defray some of the housing crunch that we’re getting and it’s going to be reasonably priced so it’s affordable for the people who live there,” Wegleitner said. “There are a couple companies that have shown some interest, we’re just working out the figures now trying to get all the prices together to know where we’re at.”
Prices must be negotiated, but Kubischta estimated the complexes would cost each tenant around $45 a day.
Although Bakken Commons is catering to corporations, the Kubischtas are on a residential housing development nearby.
“We’re still kind of focused on the family unit,” Kubischta said. “That’s what it’s all about and hopefully with the residential, there will be more families coming in and we can make it affordable.”
They have 15 residential lots for sale southwest of Joy Haven. Weather permitting, Kubischta expects to have roads constructed and water piped to the subdivision by fall.