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The University of Mary is moving forward on their purchase agreement to buy the Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health building. The University of Mary entered into a 5-year purchase option with the city in October 2015. Each year of the 5 year option the price increased by $50,000. Greg Vetter with the University of Mary said they will be working with the city and Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health on a lease-back option for BBPH to stay in the space for now. Future plans for the site could include University of Mary Health Sciences classes. BBPH lease-back options will be discussed at the next City Commission meeting May 28.
The Bismarck City Commission awarded bids for the permanent four-to-three-lane conversion for Main Avenue at last Tuesday’s meeting. The project was awarded to Strata Corporation, who placed the lowest bid of $1.65 million. The city had previous accepted a $700,000 Urban Roads grant for the conversion, funding from the North Dakota Department of Transportation which will assist with permanent pavement markings, ADA curb work, and replacing and optimizing traffic signals. Bids for the full conversion came in higher due to discovery of the traffic signal mast-arms age and inability to accommodate new signal heads. The mast-arms and signals would have to be replaced now or in the near future and a decision was made to replace them now as they would likely increase in price in future years. The Main Ave reconfiguration is a recommendation from the Downtown Sub-Area Plan.
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