A new committee is taking on the task of developing so-called blighted areas of Minot.
The Brownfield Advisory Board was formed by Mayor Curt Zimbelman to spur development in parts of town that may have been neglected, either in or out of the flood zone.
The city has received about 600-thousand dollars in grant money to look into the idea.
And already 37 sites have been identified as potential areas where development projects could be a major help.
City Planner Donna Bye is hoping the public will participate in locating areas for potential development too.
(Donna Bye, Minot City Planner) "We're going to be putting a nomination form on the city's website so that individuals from our community can make suggestions. Whether there was an old gas station next to their home or they knew of something historically that those of us on staff were not here then, we'd like to hear from those people. So we're going to make a map and that form available on our city website."
The advisory board held its first meeting today and will hold more meetings soon to develop a plan to help the city grow.