It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with all the development projects in downtown Bozeman these days. While city planners do their best to steer development “upward not outward” and developers scramble to provide residences, hotels and commercial spaces, downtown Bozeman is seeing significant changes. Here’s a breakdown of all the recent developments in downtown Bozeman.
Plans to build a three-story apartment building near the Bozeman Bowl on South Church Avenue and Babcock include demolishing a single family home built in 1891. According to the developer, the building will have a "modern historic feel" with brick & steel elements, dark windows, and outdoor garden space. The building will offer one, one bedroom unit and five, two bedroom units. The apartments will be available for rent and will be open concept with high ceilings and modern finishes. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2020. Photo credit: Black Mountain Architecture.
AC Hotel Bozeman
Downtown developer Andy Holloran with HomeBase Montana is taking on another downtown project. This one will be a hotel called the AC Hotel by Marriot. The six-story building would sit on the corner of Mendenhall and Tracy and include approximately 143 hotel rooms, 90,000 sq.ft of space and a rooftop terrace with a bar and restaurant. The land is currently occupied by Straightaway Motors and two residences. Holloran states that there is an agreement with the landowner that will allow these buildings to be demolished. The hotel will be designed to "complement Bozeman" with natural tones and an understated, sophisticated feel. This will be the 4th hotel built in downtown Bozeman in the last 5 years. Photo credit: HomeBase Montana
Bozeman Residence Inn Hotel
Located directly across from Lindley Park, this is the 5th hotel to be developed in downtown Bozeman in the last 4 years. The four-story building will include 104 rooms and 93,000 square feet. Plans for the building show a patio, pool and spa area and are also expected to include a restaurant, offices and retail space.
East End Flats
This proposed six-story building would be built in the parking lot west of Bozeman Provisions between Bozeman and Rouse Avenue along Mendenhall Street. The project is expected to include 47,000 sq.ft of commercial, office and residential space with 15 two to three bedroom condos with balconies. It will also make the most of Bozeman Creek, which runs through the west side of the property, with a pavilion, small park, and benches. The project won't require any demolition. Photo credit: Intrinsik Architecture.
The Southside Lofts will be located at 114 E. Olive, just across the street from the Black Olive project. The four-story condominiums will be replacing the one-story garages that sit next to the historic Blackmore apartment building. Thinktank Design Group, the architecture firm behind the Lark Hotel and The Rialto says the Southside Lofts will be built using timber, which will create a look similar to the Lark Hotel. According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, construction of the Southside Lofts will overlap with construction on the Black Olive project. The project is pending final approval from the city as of September 2018. Photo credit: Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
One 11 Lofts
Yet another project proposed by developer Andy Holloran and Homebase Montana. The One 11 Lofts will be a 50 unit structure built on the corner of Lamme and Willson. The building will include four studios, 24 one-bedroom, 11 two-bedroom and 11 three-bedroom units with amenities like a 3,000 square foot deck, fitness center, parking & bike storage. It is undecided whether or not the ground floor will include commercial space. Parking will allow 53 spaces for the 50 units. These units will be available for lease only. Photo credit: SMA Architects.
Named after John Merin Bozeman, the proposed Merin project is a mixed-use project planned for the lot directly east of Dave's Sushi on North Bozeman. Another HomeBase project by Andy Holloran, this four-story building will offer commercial space on the ground floor and 12 residential units ranging from 1,300-1,700 sq.ft.
What was once a trailer park in the heart of Bozeman, is now the Willson 16 - a 16 unit duplex style development of luxury townhomes. The three-story units are being built by California based company Williams Homes, LLC on a 1.2 +/- acre lot at Willson Avenue and Short Street. Construction began in 2019 and is currently underway. The homes are currently on the market, starting at $1,190,900 for 3BD, 4BA and 2,446 sq.ft. According to the listing description, the Willson 16 townhomes will feature private decks, detached 1BD apartments, 2-car garages, and carports. Click here to see one of the listings for the Willson 16. These townhomes are listed by Sue Frye at ERA Landmark Real Estate. Photo credit: www.builderonline.com.
Downtown Armory Hotel
A project that has been in the works for more than 5 years, currently named the Etha Hotel, has taken shape in downtown Bozeman and is now dominating the skyline. Construction began in the summer of 2018, with plans to shape the old National Guard Armory building into a nine-story boutique hotel. When it is completed, this will be the tallest building in downtown Bozeman, two stories higher than the historic Baxter hotel. The hotel will include 122 rooms, event space, a ground floor restaurant, pub, pool, music hall and potentially a rooftop bar or restaurant. The project is expected to be completed in 2020. Click here for more information on Bozeman's downtown Armory hotel. Photo credit Venue Architects.
Proposed by developer Jason Delmue, this five-plex condo is proposed for a lot at 301 N. Grand. It will be a mix of one and two-bedroom units with five on-site parking spaces. The building will be as tall as 3 stories in places and is taking the place of a two bedroom home currently on the lot. The developer states that homes at this project will be less expensive than similar projects in the area like the Block M townhouses or the NeBo lofts. Photo credit: Intrinsik Architecture.
The Black Olive project received the green light in the fall of 2017 after nearly a year of tense debates between the developer Andy Holloran and local residents. The plans for Black-Olive include 47 apartments with commercial space on the ground floor. The building is slated to include 40 parking spaces in an attempt to minimize its effect on the already limited parking downtown. The residences at Black Olive will be available for lease only. There are one and two bedroom floor plans available and amenities include dry cleaning pick-up and drop-off, storage & ski lockers, a fitness center, car sharing program and more. Visit www.blackolivebozeman.com for more information. Photo credit: Homebase Partners.
As East Main Street continues to develop, a commercial area called the Bozeman Commons is taking place. Located directly east of Locati Architects, the Bozeman Commons commercial area is expected to house at least 4 buildings that will be mixed residential and commercial use. A commercial building which houses PayneWest Insurance was recently completed and plans have been filed for a 45,000 sq.ft commercial building that will be home to D.A Davidson and potentially a number of other businesses. The buildings are designed to match the downtown aesthetic using brick and metal elements.
Sobo Loft Condos
Replacing the former Pizza Hut building at 716 W. Babcock Street, the SOBO Loft project was under construction until a fire swept through in February 2019. The developer behind the project says the will rebuild once the investigation into the cause of the fire is complete. With 42 one-bedroom apartments and 3,000 sq.ft of commercial space, this mixed-used building is located across the street from the Haufbrau, the Scoop and the Molly Brown, otherwise known as the Barmudah Triangle. Photo credit: www.intrinsikarchitecture.com.
The Lark Expansion
Since opening its doors in April 2015 the Lark Hotel in downtown Bozeman has been extremely successful. With features on the Today Show, a mention in the Los Angeles Times and other national publications the colorful facade of the Lark Hotel has become a landmark in downtown Bozeman. Riding the waves of success, the Lark Hotel has just completed a 4-story expansion that includes 28 hotel rooms, a ground-floor commercial space which currently houses Treeline Coffee & a conference room. Photo credit: www.larkbozeman.com.
If you were to take a drive down Mendenhall street in downtown Bozeman, you might find yourself craning your neck to take a look at two of downtown’s tallest buildings, the Element Hotel and 5 West. Developed by HomeBase Montana, these two 5 story buildings have had a significant impact on Bozeman’s shifting skyline.
Completed in 2017, the 5 West building is home to commercial businesses, office spaces and residential units. When they were initially sold, the listing prices of the 5 West condominiums ranged from $327,000 - $1,797,000. With studios, one and two bedroom floor plans, the 5 West residences boast open floor plans, modern finish, es and an exclusive rooftop deck. Since the initial sales of residences at Five West, we've seen a few hit the market again. Click here to see homes currently for sale in the 5 West building.
Located on East Mendenhall, the Nebo Lofts consist of 12, 4 level townhomes ranging from 2,200 – 2,400 sq.ft with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and outdoor rooftop space. Developed by Cottonwood Partners LLC, this project was completed in 2017. Each unit has a ground level, two car garage. With clean lines, modern finishes and warm wood floors, the units have a rustic yet modern feel. The units were listed between $650,000 - $700,000 and have all been sold. Click here to see if there are any Nebo Lofts currently on the market. Photo credit: http://www.nishkian.com.
Originally the Gallatin County Free High School, the future of this historic building was on the line for many years. As the brick building started to degrade, there were plans to demolish the building as early as 1989. Yet, architects and historic preservation supporters spoke out and the future of the building remained unclear. In 2000, school officials started searching for someone who could take over and rescue the Bozeman landmark and eventually, Bridger Builders was chosen to renovate the decrepit building.
Fast-forward to 2017, when the project reached completion and the 17 upscale condominiums known as the Willson Residences were unveiled. With units listed between $500,000 and $2,107,500 all units sold during and immediately after the project's completion. Photo credit: www.willsonresidences.com.
Hawthorne Place Condominiums
Located just across the street from Hawthorne Elementary School and just one block away from downtown Bozeman, this project includes five 2 and 3 bedroom condominiums designed by Frank Cikan. Built to blend in with the charm of the surrounding neighborhoods, the exterior of these condominiums feature beautiful brick work along with subtle modern aesthetics. Inside, the units feature 9’ ceilings, private entrances, spacious balconies and white oak floors.
City Center Inn
After being demolished in the summer of 2017, the future of this prominent main street space is still relatively unknown. South Carolina based company, Bennet Hospitality owns the land and while they have said they hope to fill the space in the next few years, they remain vague about the plans. According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Bozeman business leaders have said that the company plans to build a new hotel on the site, there have also been talks of building a parking garage on this site. Bennet Hospitality also owns the Homewood Suites in Bozeman and is developing a mixed use complex on Baxter Lane. Photo credit: www.bozemandailychronicle.com.
The Northside Lofts project, proposed in 2015 was meant to take the place of several dilapidated rental units in the form of a five-story development that would have covered most of a city block between Grand and Third Avenue. The lofts were expected to include ground-floor commercial space and 41 residential units. But, city planners denied the project due to parking concerns. Since then, the land has been transferred to a new owner, an LLC based out of New York City and the future of this project remains unknown. Photo credit: www.bozemandailychronicle.com.