It’s hard to miss the new building just off of Huffine behind Sidewinders on Bozeman’s west side. With bright red signage, grain elevator-style towers and walls of windows, the 21,000 sq. ft building definitely stands out. So, what is Ferguson Farm? Let us break it down for you.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW
Plans for Phase II of Ferguson Farm are now available and they show plans to develop 31 acres east of the existing Phase I of Ferguson Farm and just south of The Ridge. The area is zoned as urban mixed-use and the preliminary plat shows 35 buildings between 2-5 stories tall with 814 parking spaces and park space.
Currently, the Icon Apartments, a “highly amenitized” 336-unit apartment development on the north end of Ferguson Farm between Fallon and Babcock St are under construction. The apartment buildings will be two and three-story “garden style” apartment buildings with amenities like a fitness center, pool, 1.8-acre park & recreation area, business center, library, pet spa and more. The Icon Apartment Homes at Ferguson Farm will all be available to rent and will cater to young professionals, families, college students and other clienteles.
Town & Country has purchased 4.14 acres in Ferguson Farm and has filed plans for their new location in Bozeman. The new Town & Country location will be north of The Market on the edge of Fallon Street. It is still unclear what will happen to Town & Country's existing location on 19th Avenue.
Schedulicity, a global company that is headquartered in Bozeman, is moving to Ferguson Farm on the corner of Valley Commons Drive and Boardwalk Avenue.
The most prominent building to date in the Ferguson Farm development, The Market will be home to a collection of specialty retailers and artisans. So far, several businesses have opened up shop in The Market including Nordic Brew Works, Tanglewood, a restaurant from owners of Sidewinders, and Foxtrot, a brand new fast-casual restaurant right in the middle of The Market. The Garden Barn opened their second location here, selling a wide variety of plants and pottery and Catch, a women's clothing store is also located inside The Market. The vision behind The Market is to create a vibrant gathering of artisans, restaurants and specialty shops for the west side of Bozeman where people of all ages can dine, shop and enjoy entertainment.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
After owning the land for decades, longtime Bozeman developers Delaney & Company began work on the Ferguson Farm infrastructure in 2014. The land was once owned by a family of farmers by the name of Ferguson, hence the projects name. The “Fortuna Building” was the first building in Ferguson Farm to be completed, and now houses Bechtle Architects, Big Sky Dermatology, Chi Nail Bar and Robinson & Melzer Family Dental.
One of the most recognizable buildings in Ferguson Farm is the Sidewinders building. Sidewinders has become a favorite restaurant on Bozeman’s west side with its classic American style menu, family-friendly atmosphere, an extensive selection of beer & wine and spacious outdoor patio. Designed by Tomas Bitnar, the building itself features 8,000 sq.ft of space, a south-facing wall of windows and modern, clean lines.
The Palisades Building, a 6,600 sq.ft commercial building with a design that awarded the architect, Thomas Bitnar, the 2017 Excellence in Design “Merit” award was completed in 2017. The building is home to the Bar Method, Lone Peak Physical Therapy and New Wave Float Therapy.
THE FUTURE OF FERGUSON FARM
Standing on the site of Ferguson Farm, it’s clear that there is still plenty of room for the project to grow. The second phase of the Ferguson Farm development will stretch from Resort Drive to South Ferguson Avenue, with a focus on lodging and hospitality, with some residential housing. It will be a mixed-use neighborhood, and plans include hotels as well as dense, urban, multi-story residential units, Paine said. There will also be a walking trail alongside a creek, he said. The second phase of Ferguson Farm is expected to take shape as a mixed-use neighborhood with residential housing, a hotel and multi-story residential units.
The biggest residential development in the new phases of Ferguson Farms is the Icon Apartment Homes. This development is currently under construction and will have 348 units featuring 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes available to lease in spring 2020. The homes will be energy-efficient, stainless steel appliances, solid surface countertops, lots of window and walk-in closets. The community will have a fitness center, pool, clubhouse and game room.
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