Demolition to resume on former Williston Law Enforcement Center

WILLISTON – Demolition of the former Law Enforcement Center will begin with asbestos abatement next week.

“The City received confirmation on Monday from the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality, that they could begin the abatement process. Two companies will be onsite full-time during abatement and have been scheduled to start Jan. 20,” said Mark Schneider, director of City of Williston Development Services.

Schneider said the City’s goal is to return the site to a natural grassy lot, keeping as many trees as possible.

“The community of Williston has waited a long time for this and the City promised we would see that the site was cleaned up. It’s not only a problem of unsightliness, there are safety issues with broken glass doors and windows, with vagrants living inside, kids going into the building during evening hours, and rodents hanging around the building. We are trying to clean it up and bring it into compliance.”

The future of the property is still up in the air. If further development is to occur, it will be up to Fargo-based JTM Properties Inc.

“The City will work closely with National Civil, the asbestos sub-contractors and NDDEQ to proceed with the demolition and abatement process and cleanup the project quickly and safely,” said Schneider.