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February 27, 2013

DAEDF to buy 48 acres south of CU-Duncan



Nelson said he supports the idea because he feels like in the years to come, this could be an important part of Duncan’s development. It would aid in adding industries and professional business services. However, he said he was concerned that Duncan was not yet ready to support these business in areas such as housing but might have trouble expanding housing until more industries were brought in.
“What do you do first?” Nelson asked. “What comes first, the chicken or the egg?”
Nelson decided to oppose the request in order to represent the residents of Duncan according to the calls he received.
“It is sad but the only ones I heard from were the ones against it,” he said. “The ones for it are the ones on the DAEDF board. The majority of the people probably did not even look at it.”
Roggow considers this future step as a win-win for the community and future businesses as he said it will allow them great synergy with the university and Red River Technology Center. 
“I think if we can show the citizens the future of this decision, they will support it,” Roggow said. 
To move forward with the land acquisition, Roggow will be looking into whether the area needs to be rezoned before it can be developed. DAEDF will not immediately begin construction at the site but rather saw this as a great opportunity for business development in the future. DAEDF hopes to build a business park that offers small-scale professional services such as engineering services and laboratory services. 
DAEDF is housed in the building that is primarily used by Wilco. DAEDF plans to eventually move their offices to the new location and may consider selling their current location.
“It is always for sale at the right price,” Roggow said.

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