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Published June 27, 2012, 06:10 PM

Hillsboro 'Bursting at the Seams' With New Development

HILLBORO, ND (WDAZ-TV) - North Dakota development is plentiful these days and not just out west near the oil fields. Cities in eastern North Dakota are developing further into what used to be rural land.

HILLBORO, ND (WDAZ-TV) - North Dakota development is plentiful these days and not just out west near the oil fields. Cities in eastern North Dakota are developing further into what used to be rural land.

There's a lot of summer projects underway in Hillsboro, for example, including construction, expansions and downtown revitalization.

The city has experienced quite a bit of growth over the years and city officials hope these projects will encourage even more businesses to move in.

A $9 million water treatment plant and a possible $500,000 sewer project are in the works. City officials are expanding west.

"Within city limits, we're sort of bursting at the seams. So Hillsboro specifically has done really well," Melissa Beach, with Traill County Economic Development, said.

Driving through town you may notice quite a bit of construction, starting right by the interstate.

"West of I-29 has been a great place for development and most recently they are working on expanding a local business," Beach said.

Total Ag. Industries is expanding its business on the west side, a place city officials hope to expand even more.

"We have water and electricity on the other side of I-29 and we're in the process of getting sewer over there too and we're hoping that'll help create some businesses over there," Hillsboro Public Works Director Jim Anderson said.

The sewer project could cost nearly $500,000, which city officials are hoping to finish by fall.

Just a half mile away, a $9 million water treatment plant is on schedule to be finished by September of 2013.

"The plan is to have it all up and the roof in before winter," Anderson said.

Driving downtown, you can see that there have been tens of thousands of dollars spent to revitalize the area. Also right now, construction is underway for a new bakery.

"The community had worked to save that downtown building and now a new business is going in there and finalizing construction," Beach said.

City officials say they think there has been quite a bit of growth in the area because they are located right between Fargo and Grand Forks and property values are lower than in bigger cities.

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