With Bozeman continually growing, it looks slightly different with each passing year. To keep you up-to-date with what’s changing in our town, here are some big projects underway right now in downtown Bozeman.
5 West Project
With much of its structure now built, the construction of the 5 West building is making progress in downtown Bozeman. Its developer, Andy Holloran, expects the building to be ready for occupancy in 2017.
This 5-story building is designed with commercial space on the first floor, office spaces on the second, and condos for the next three stories.
Change of Plans for the Black-Olive Project
The Black-Olive project is planned to replace the old two-story building located on the south-east corner of Black and Olive Avenue with a 5-story apartment building.
Andy Holloran made adjustments to its exterior materials, adding brick facade, corrugated metal, and some wood siding. He says these new materials emulates the style of his Block M townhouses on the north side of town.
Holloran says “It’s a material palette that is recognizable and, I think, comfortable for people.”
This revision also adds a two-bedroom apartment to the building, as well as adjustments to its parking arrangements with a reduction of parking spaces in its parking garage from 38 to 36, while adding the car-sharing spots from 3 to 4.
Holloran and proponents of his project believe that this new look fits better with character of the neighborhood.
With the development of his 5 West and Black-Olive buildings, Holloran hopes to transform downtown Bozeman with these modern, mid-rise buildings.
A 29-room, 4-story expansion of the Lark Hotel is underway. Much of the construction will be done offsite. “Truck-sized sections” will be assembled in Trier, Germany, then staged in Four Corners before brought to the site.
The Lark Hotel partner, Brain Caldwell, calls it “adult Legos.” This expansion is projected to be completed by spring of 2018.
Downtown’s Murals Refresh
The walls of Downtown Bozeman are colored with murals painted by the local school kids of 2012 and 2013. Ellie Staley, member of the Downtown Business Association, says the murals “are starting to show their age.”
Art teacher of Chief Joseph Middle School, Emma Laatch, plans to organize high school art club students to design the new murals, and have younger students paint it. Laatch hopes this project will be done by the next school year.
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