Beargrass Village gets initial design approval for Great Falls’ first pocket neighborhood

A project proposed by NeighborWorks Great Falls will be the first pocket neighborhood for Great Falls.

The agency is planning to build 10 single family homes and two two-unit townhomes on a 1.21 acre parcel at the corner of 3rd Avenue South and 14th Street. The property was formerly home to Kranz Floral, which was demolished.

124-apartment complex makes another step toward construction

A pocket neighborhood is a small group of homes gathered around a shared open space.

The project, called Beargrass Village, was approved by the Design Review Board and will soon go before the Planning Advisory Board/Zoning Commission for approval of a planned unit development.

The zoning request will go to the City Commission for final approval.

The lot is currently zoned R-3 single-family and the PUD would allow for a cluster of homes connected by pedestrian walkways and  a central courtyard.

The shared space would be maintained by the residents, according to the NWGF proposal.

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A few model homes will be constructed and the rest will be pre=sold before being built, according to NWGF, and will be in the $175,000 to $225,000 range.

A Multiple Listing Service report dated Aug. 9, 2017, shows 50 homes on the market in the price range and the average age of those homes is 57 years old, according to the city staff report.