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Williston might ban some metal buildings downtown

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) – The western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston is considering a nine-month moratorium on metal-sided industrial buildings in the city’s downtown.

City planner Rachel Ressler says the moratorium would be in place while officials develop new standards for downtown construction. City staff is looking at potential requirements for such things as building materials, height, signing and lighting.

Ressler and City Commissioner Brad Bekkedahl say the goal is to enhance the appearance of Williston’s downtown and make way for more retail opportunities.

The commission has given initial approval to the moratorium and could finalize it by the end of the year.

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