Business Bites: Ignite 2023; Central Avenue Meats, Enbar, The Block closed for upgrades

Local businesses and organizations gave updates on their projects during Ignite, hosted by the Great Falls Development Authority on Jan. 13.

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Montana Specialty Mills announced their expansion project to improve the facility’s production capabilities through new, quality equipment and other upgrades, according to Dave Loboy, company president.

Pasta Montana is also launching a new production line, a $7 million upgrade to their Great Falls plant.

Jeff Spurgeon Fitness and Wellness is opening at 1106 9th St. S. on Jan. 16.

Alluvion Health is continuing plans to open a facility in the former Roosevelt School. The company said during Ignite that they’re planning to have autism services, childcare for 40 children, rental space for community organizations, keeping the gym and remodeling the playground as well as a second phase with low to moderate income housing.

It’s a $10 million project with the first phase planned for late 2023.

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Alluvion is in the process of purchasing the building from Great Falls Public Schools, but the sale has not been finalized.

Other businesses offered updates on projects we’ve covered previously:

Business Bites: Apartments proposed for Dick’s RV Park; Crooked Tree opening second location; Mise en Place open; Great Falls Clinic optical center closing; Gibson, Milwaukee Station, Alluvion construction underway; Malmstrom contract; Prewett Creek RV Park winterized

Business Bites: Tire store for old Prime Cut site; new coffee shop planned; Great Falls Clinic expanding; housing summit is March 15; Malmstrom awards contract

Business Bites: Building permit submitted for Chiptole; La Cocina Mexican opening in former Fox Farm Diner; Rib and Chop House coming; CVS reopens; United Way fundraising campaign; other development rumors

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Business Bites: Belles and Lace, Bed Bath and Beyond closing; first Arc Apartments getting ready to open; Phoenix Tea open; second Al Banco spot open; permits for new restaurants including Highway 55; Montana Credit Union expanding; Wendy’s still looking for second location

Airport board approves $900k canopy rehabilitation project

Touro College now accepting applications for Great Falls medical school

City considering rezoning, subdivision for Touro medical school

City approves rec center lease for daycare

Central Avenue Meats will be closed through Jan. 17 while they upgrade their cooler floor.

Enbar/The Block are closed through Jan. 17 for maintenance and kitchen upgrades.