By Nick Gilbert
Champion Home Builders and Genco Bakken Development Group have partnered to construct their first master-planned community at Northern Lights in Minot, North Dakota.
Champion builds modular homes and commercial structures and Genco develops planned communities. Nothehern Lights was adversely affected by floods in 2011 and this 3,000 unit residential project is a housing boon for the growing energy industry.
The project is situated north of Minot and has easy accessibility to downtown Minot Air Force Base, Minot International Airport, and Minot State University. The $400 million development will be spread across 323 ac and include schools, apartments, commercial retail zones, entertainment space, single family and town homes at affordable price.
Idlewild and Statesboro will be the first neighborhoods and the homes in these projects will be completed by November, 2012. Idlewild will provide 248 two story and ranch style single family homes on 39.2 ac, while Statesboro will offer 250 two and one story town homes covering 67 ac. Each home will have an open floor plan, two or three car garages, good performance heating systems and insulation, power saving appliances. The designs will be a combination of large master bedrooms with three and four bedrooms, walk-in closets and at least two complete bathrooms. The homes will be of craftsman style architecture. The project also features single family homes ranging from 1,460 to 2,200 sq. ft. as well as town homes ranging from 1,350 to 1,500 sq. ft.
The project at Northern Lights is slated for completion in four to five years.