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Developer announces stores for Dickinson Towne Centre

The developer of the Five Diamond retail center in west Dickinson announced Wednesday that the area planned for development will include a slew of retailers, including Cash Wise Food and Cash Wise Liquor, JoAnn Fabrics, Petco and Dollar Tree, in addition to a new 10-screen movie theater that had already been announced.

Developer Ron Raddon of Utah presented a preliminary plat application to the Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission at its regular meeting Wednesday at City Hall. The plat was approved unanimously.

"We're trying to get this first phase in," Raddon said. "We've got enough room to start grading."

The retail corridor will be located in the southwest corner of the intersection of Exit 59 and Interstate 94. Hotels, and apartments are also planned for the land that Five Diamond has been dubbed Dickinson Towne Centre, changed from Dickinson Town Center at the Aug. 21 meeting at requests of the commission.

About a third of the land, 34 of the 92 acres, was purchased from the Stark County Park Board in June for more than $1 million.

While the preliminary plat was approved, Raddon and company will have to work with city staff to address engineering concerns along the way, Commissioner Gene Jackson said.

"I think it's a great project. I don't see any reason we shouldn't be approving it," Jackson said. "I think we should move forward; it's going to be good for the community. I think there are two or three critical things that we really need to make sure that we have taken care of before we approve the final plat."

The concerns were the Exit 59 eastbound on-ramp, an open drainage channel, and water and sewer concerns, Jackson said.

A main access point is planned for the intersection of Fairway Street and 30th Avenue Southwest with ancillary access points to the north and south of Fairway Street connecting with the Interstate 94 Business Loop.

"When this development's done, we'll be bringing close to 2,000 cars in and out of here a day," Raddon said.

Commission Chairman Earl Abrahamson, along with Jackson, recommended the city work with Five Diamond to attain North Dakota Department of Transportation approval of access points and road dedications.

"The DOT has a lot of say in this," Abrahamson said. "It would be wise to join with the city in that request."

Five Diamond did not present a timeline for the development at Wednesday's meeting.

"The project's really coming along well, with the theater and what we've got going on already" Raddon said. "I think it will be very exciting for the city."

Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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