Plans Revealed For Old Ford Location In Williston
Scully Design Build, Inc. was selected by the Williston City Commission to buy and renovate the "old Ford building" in Downtown Williston. The address is 202 1st Avenue East. In late 2022, the panel sought Williston trade region-enhancing ideas. Three ideas were considered. On Tuesday, May 9, 2023, the commission granted Scully Design Build, Inc. the project.
Interim City Administrator Shawn Wenko said Williston is committed to restoring Downtown. He stated this initiative will complement nearby enhancements. “We look forward to this project progressing,” added Wenko. “More meeting space, dining options, and small retailer options will increase foot traffic and benefit other Downtown Williston businesses.” A big event center, vineyard, restaurant, coffee shop, retail space, and commercial kitchen are planned for the mixed-use property. Scully Design Build, Inc.
President Tess Scully called the 10,000-square-foot event center the building's crown jewel. “Williston's event center will draw conferences, weddings, events, and concerts.” Scully said they will renovate the space. “We will give it a modern rustic look that will provide the right touch for local or destination events and bring many people downtown,” she said.
After finishing the design in late summer, Scully Design Build, Inc. will renovate with a 2024 fall/winter completion.
Scully said she is delighted to make the building into a dynamic Downtown Williston attraction. "I want to make the Ford building a community hub". It will have an event center for meetings, conferences, weddings, events, and music; an urban winery with a relaxing space for conversation, a glass of wine, small plates concepts, and local live acoustic music; retail space for a coffee shop, cake bakery, florals, hats, and clothing; and a restaurant and commercial kitchen for local caterers and food events.