Category Archives: Economic Development

Business Bites: Pier 1 closing in Great Falls; work at Joe’s Place; Hi-Line Climbing expansion plans; Fast Signs opens; Purple Gold expanding

Hi-Line Climbing Center The Hi-Line Climbing Center announced this week it’s got plans to expand their gym at 608 1st Ave. S. “We are by no means breaking ground but we have the ground to break and we have 80 percent of the plans in place. All we are missing is the down payment. We’ve taken 100 percent of membership

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Nominations open for The Fire Within 2020

Nominations are now open for The Fire Within 2020, sponsored by Embark Credit Union. The Fire Within award program has been recognizing exceptional female entrepreneurs in the Golden Triangle for 10 years. The rules: The entrepreneur must be female. Her business must operate from within the Golden Triangle The business must be for-profit. Nominations fall into two categories – Aspire

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Residential units planned for vacant lot on 2nd Avenue North

A young entrepreneur is returning to Great Falls after college with the intention to begin a career as a real estate developer. Andreas Geranios, son of Nick Geranios, is getting started with a project on 2nd Avenue North turning a vacant property next to Smoked. American Barbecue into two residential homes. “My interest as a potential developer of the downtown

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Ignite 2020: Boutique hotel, virtual reality arcade, axe throwing, beer, burgers and more coming to Great Falls; Children’s Museum has selected new site

The Electric is covering Ignite 2020, hosted by the Great Falls Development Authority, this morning and will post updates here throughout the event. The Gibson The Gibson is a new boutique hotel coming to the current Greystone Inn at 621 Central Ave. Ty Rollins of Choice Hotels said that he’d been in search of the perfect downtown hotel that his

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City considering reduced parking, landscaping requirements for development; increased fees

Parking and landscaping requirements for development in Great Falls have long been points of contention and in their effort to revamp the development process, city staff have developed proposals to make substantial changes. Last month, staff reviewed their proposal to reduce parking requirements for some land uses and make other changes that would give developers greater flexibility for parking with

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City considering changes to parking code, including reducing minimum parking requirements for some land uses

City staff are proposing changes to the city’s parking and landscaping codes. In December, staff briefed City Commissioners on the proposed changes to the parking code, but ran out of time to talk about the proposed changes to the landscaping code since discussion with the airport board took up the bulk of the work session. Craig Raymond, planning director, said

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County makes appointments to planning, zoning boards

The County Commission voted last week to make appointments to the planning and zoning boards. The commission voted to reappoint Dexter Busby and Dan Johnstone to the Cascade County planning board. They also appointed Bruce Moore to the board. Commissioners also reappointed Charles Kuether and Michelle Levine to the Zoning Board of Adjustments for terms through Dec. 31, 2021.

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Business Bites: Fox Farm Diner opens; Sora changes hands; Greek popups downtown; Toylapalooza opens

Fox Farm Diner The Fox Farm Diner opened last week. The American restaurant is located in the former Chinatown Restaurant at 1709 Alder Dr. The Chinatown owners are leasing the building to Fox Farm Diner. Fox Farm Diner is planning a grand opening later this month and is working on a finalized menu but always has pancakes, burgers, kids menu,

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City considering change to planning board membership

The city’s planning board/zoning commission voted this week to recommend that the City Commission reduce the board’s membership from nine to seven. During their Dec. 17 meeting, commissioners will consider that recommendation and are scheduled to vote on whether to adopt the change. The board, which is a required step for many major development projects, has struggled with making a

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