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Eye on Energy: Carpio is Growing

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A tripling in the area population.

That is what could happen in the Carpio area if and when a planned addition just outside of town is built.

An Illinois company already with plans to build in Tioga, is set to start building in Carpio soon.

Perry Olson has more on the plans, and what it means to the area in our Eye on Energy today.

Carpio isn't unlike many small towns in North Dakota. It has seen a drop in population over the decades -- but that trend is starting to reverse...and will take a big step in the other direction soon if a project planned by an Illinois company gets approval from Ward County. Eagle Homes has plans for new homes...more than double the amount in town now.

(Kalvin Myers - Mayor of Carpio) "Right now we are in that 70 mark...and the proposal is 148 if it gets them all."

(Perry Olson - KX News) "The proposed site is actually about a mile east of Carpio but the town will still service the people who build homes here and the hope is those people will bring businesses back to Carpio." (Kalvin Myers - Mayor of Carpio) "The previous man who was running the cafe in town...he had to quit so right now we don't have a cafe. If we get some people in town hopefully we can run a cafe again and maybe add a store. Something that we can grow in size again, you know?"

Initial plans were to start construction in August of the first 40 homes, but the approval process is taking a bit longer than first planned, so construction will now start in April of the first batch of homes. They will be affordable homes -- 11-hundred to 2-thousand square feet each. A representative from Eagle Homes says Carpio's proximity to Minot, the Air Force Base, and the oil boom made it the perfect location...and residents here now hope it turns out well...

(Kalvin Myers - Mayor of Carpio) "We have always wanted to see Carpio grow...and now that it could, they are kinda of skeptical. Is it going to be good, is it going to be bad? Nobody really knows."

Those answers should start to come in 2014. In Carpio with your Eye on Energy, Perry Olson, KX News.

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