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Bismarck Commissioners Tell Company and Residents to Work It Out -- Then Come Back

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Change is coming to an area of land in east Bismarck -- but not just yet.

It was a near full-house tonight as Bismarck City Commissioners heard the case why they should grant Midwest Motor Express a zoning change from agricultural to light industrial on 68 acres at 52nd and Main.  

They also heard from residents on why they shouldn't.

"Midwest Motor Express does not have a legitimate need for industrial zoning classification on this property."

"This is a neighborhood that has been in place since the early '50s -- the early '50s -- long before Midwest Motors moved into the neighborhood in the '70s."

"Putting industrial zoning across the street from single family residential when that single family residential existed first is not nice, nor is it right."

However, Jim Christianson, representing MME, Inc., said "the city continues to grow in that direction, and the city is in need of this type of land.  There's a shortage of it."

In the end, the Commission continued the appeal and instructed the company and residents to work out a "Planned Unit Development" with terms acceptable to all.


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