A lack of affordable housing for employees has put the Dakota Boys Ranch in a pinch.
So much in fact that the Boys Ranch is looking at getting into the housing industry to solve its problem.
Shaun Sipma has more on their building plans and concerns raised by nearby neighbors.
The problem that is plaguing the area is hitting the Dakota Boys Ranch especially hard.
(Gene Kaseman, Dakota Boys Ranch Director) "The bottom line like all the other health care facilities, the hospitals, we have to be able to retain staff, we have to be able to recruit staff, housing is not affordable in Minot."
The answer to the problem, build housing specifically for their employees.
(Gene Kaseman, Dakota Boys Ranch Director) "Obviously we have to recruit some high caliber staff and in order to do that we have to have to a high caliber type of a housing situation."
The Boy Ranch Development would fall here, the hayfield between Robinwood Wood and County Road 15.
Moore Engineering designed the development to have (2) 12-unit apartments (3) 4-unit condos (8) duplexes and (5) single family homes.
Separating the development from Robinwood, a park and walking paths and then a berm along county road 15 with trees.
(Gene Kaseman, Dakota Boys Ranch Director) "We're talking buildings that have brick accents on them, we're talking pavement, concrete roads, we're talking overlook areas that overlook on larger pond, we're talking walking paths, benches, picnic areas."
Neighbors in Robinwood Estates though are concerned, not that the land is being developed but rather, with the number of people that it will bring with only one access point.
(Taya Voller, Robinwood Estates) Probably the biggest concern right is the fact that they want to put up big apartment buildings up here. We live out in the country with large yards, single family homes out here. And I think people are a little bit leery of what apartments are going to bring to our area"
(Sheila Klein, Evergreen Estates) Have land on the other side
(Gene Kaseman, Dakota Boys Ranch Director) "If you look out in that hay field it's been empty for years and years and people have gotten used to that and all of sudden there's going to be housing out there and it's going to be a change
The need and the concerns aren't unique to region.
It's clear more housing is needed as new businesses and industries move into the booming economy and for those already here like the Dakota Boys Ranch.
Where things getting fuzzy and sometimes heated, new development near existing neighborhoods.
The case will be made before the County Planning Commission Thursday evening by the Boys Ranch and residents of Robinwood say they'll be there to offer opinions and alternatives.
Shaun Sipma KX News.
A public hearing at the County Planning Commission is set for Thursday Night to address the variance needed by the Dakota Boys Ranch for the development.
The meetings starts at 7 o'clock.