McKenzie County awarded EPA grants to clean up sites in Watford, Alexander

WATFORD TOWNSHIP, ND (KUMV) – McKenzie County has received federal funding to clean up and redevelop vacant lots around the area.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced a $500,000 grant to the county on Thursday. Planning and Zoning Director Sandy Kimpel said the money will be used to revitalize the property, including the former McKenzie County Fairgrounds, the former county hospital, the former Arnegard School and the Doorman’s Upper Building in Alexander.

“We can turn them into something that can be good for the community and address some of the issues that have been lingering for years,” Kimpel said.

Some future plans for these sites include the addition of retail and housing at the fairgrounds, a day care facility at the hospital, senior living units at Arnegard, and apartments at Alexander.

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