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Graham Development Company Takes Aim of Werner Park in 2016

HOUSTON, Texas – June 2, 2016 – Graham Development Company (GDC) is moving forward with a planned 540 unit two-phased multifamily development across from the Werner Park Stadium in Papillion, Nebraska to open in late 2017.  The site has excellent access to schools, shopping recreation and natural beauty.  The apartment units will feature plush home-style amenities such as walk-in closets, nine-foot ceilings, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.  The units will also feature large decks looking out over the natural reserve or clubhouse and pool, inclusive of a custom designed indoor/outdoor entertainment space.

The Venue community will be the third major development in the Schewe Farms subdivision, which currently holds the KC Royals AAA Stadium and attracts 3,000-5,000 people per game. Of late the stadium has started hosting community events such as the Great Nebraska Beef Fest, with more to come.  The fourth and final phase of the Schewe Farms subdivision will be a 60-acre mixed-use entertainment district along the 370 corridor. With strong demographics, as evidenced by Costco’s site selection just 1.5 miles north, this will no doubt be a fantastic site for retailers.

“When we first looked at the site, we thought it was a bit premature, but after attending a game at the new stadium, walking around Prairie Queen Lake and watching North Shore sell out in one year, we decided that the timing was just right, said Corbin Graham, principal at GDC. “We are going to build a community centric project that really caters to the suburban lifestyle and highlighting the natural beauty of the nearby creek and trees.  It’s a project I would live in.”

According to the Papillion Times, Sarpy County remains the fastest-growing county in the state, with Papillion as the county seat and posting the largest sales tax revenue in the county by over 50%.  Employment growth in the area is strong as companies such as Paypal, Securities America and Fidelity have expanded their presence, and following them Costco started construction on it’s second site in the Omaha Metro.

The 370 corridor has attracted the attention of Omaha stalwarts such as BHI Development who is leading the effort with over 1,200 single family lots and a variety of mixed use around three brand new schools – all walking distance from The Venue at Werner Park. Noddle Co. is developing an auto center and distribution center at the just two miles west at the I-80 intersection. Lockwood Development is working with the Metro Community College (MCC) as an anchor tenant for a larger retail project on the south side of 370. MCC is developing a technical training program aimed at providing workforce, potentially for an expansion to the Fidelity site.

Based on all the new development in the neighboring communities and corporate growth in Papillion and Omaha, it is expected the new apartments at The Venue will be leased out in record time once the leasing office is open.

A luxury apartment community interconnected to the community via trials through the nature reserve, lakes, schools, stadiums and shopping by Graham Development Co.


Ernie Graham is featured in the Dickinson Press on May 25, 2016.

Petroleum conference speakers optimistic about N.D. oil play’s future

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Other speakers at the event include:

  • Andrew McGeorge, Principal, Monday Properties
  • Jim Arthaud, CEO, MBI Energy
  • Ron Ness, North Dakota Petroleum Council
  • Jack Dalrymple, North Dakota Governor
  • Lynn Helms, ND Department of Mineral Resources
  • Jim Volker, President & CEO, Whiting Petroleum Corporation
  • Neel Kashkari, President, Federal Reserve Bank Minneapolis
  • Don Hrap, President – Lower 48, ConocoPhillips
  • Wayne Stenehjem, North Dakota Attorney General
  • Rick Muncrief, President & CEO, WPX Energy
  • Gerbert Schoonman, Vice-President, Hess Corporation
  • Donald Trump, Republican Presidential Candidate

As of November 3, the MainStay Suites in Stanley is open for business. The hotel offers high end bedding, full kitchens and big screen TV’s in each room. Guests can do their laundry for free and enjoy a drink at the full service bar and lounge downstairs.  The hotel also offers a fitness center and market for snacks.  The hotel is located on the HWY 2 between CashWise and Shopko.

The official opening party kicked off on May 7th. We were pleased to have Mayor Craig Jezek join us as well as other community leaders like Kathy Neset, Chris Norgaard, Ryan Mickelson and representatives from EMS and many others.

Special thanks to New Leaf Hospitality for arranging the event. We look forward to serving you Tioga!

Also, a very special thinks to all those listed below who donated to the community and the event. Your support is appreciated.

Hess Corporation, Morelli’s Distributor, Blue Rock, Sysco, Results Unlimited, Republic National Distributing, Pinnacle, Parallel lEnterprises, Minnesota Chemical, Lodging Kit Co., Kenyon, Hockenberg, Furniture Industries, Delaney Distributors, and Cities Edge.

Construction on the MainStay Suites in Stanley progresses during sub-freezing temperatures. Additionally, Shopko has announced construction of a new store adjacent to the hotel.  The Oppidan industrial park to the south west along the bypass is attracting tenants with Pioneer Resources established as the anchor. Graham Development is pleased to be part of the community in Stanley and continues to be impressed with the ambitious people moving to North Dakota to participate in this growing economy.

As of November 1, the MainStay Suites in Tioga is open for business. The hotel offers high end bedding, full kitchens and big screen TV’s in each room. Guests can do their laundry for free and afterwards enjoy a drink at the full service bar and lounge downstairs.  The hotel also offers a fitness center and market for snacks.

Tioga Mainstay Suites

Construction Progress as of May 30, 2014

Tioga Mainstay Suites

Construction progress during the winter.


Graham Development is pleased to announce that as of October 1, 2013 construction has begun on our new hotel in Tioga, North Dakota located at 2nd Street S.E. and State Highway 40.  The hotel is located on the west side of State Highway 40 and will be among the first buildings seen on the drive into Tioga from Highway 2. Standing four stories tall and offering 89 rooms, a full service bar and dedicated entertainment area for watching sports events, the new Mainstay Suites Extended Stay will be a welcome respite for busy travelers working the Bakken.

Management of the hotel will be handled by one of the Bakken’s leading hotel management groups, New Leaf Hospitality based in Watford City, ND.  We feel confident in meeting the needs of a growing industry in a town that has seen impressive growth from surrounding drilling, shipping and refining activity. Tioga has in fact seen several new developments in 2013, including the Hess Refinery expansion, a brand new Cash Wise anchored Shopping Center, more than 400 apartment units, and a Cenex Truck stop close to the subject hotel, just to name a few.

Graham Development is committed to being a local provider of high quality property throughout the Bakken as it continues to be an economic driver to the state of North Dakota and the US.  We look forward to beginning construction of an identical Mainstay Suites in the Stanley, ND, Westview Plaza Shopping Center, located at the corner of State Highway 2 and 82nd Ave NW in the Spring of 2014.

We are pleased to announce that Graham Development has just selected 3 acres for our second hotel in the Bakken to be located in Stanley, ND.   The project will consist of an 89 unit Mainstay Suites extended stay hotel to be located in the new Westview Plaza anchored by CashWise Grocery Store.  Construction will begin in Spring of 2014.