Category Archives: Housing

City considering change to geo-tech analysis requirement

City staff are recommending changes to the city’s policy requiring geo-technical analysis in the hopes of removing some barriers to residential development in Great Falls. During their June 16 meeting, the City Commission will be asked to consider the change on first reading and set a public hearing for July 7. City considering changes to geo-tech policy; adopts design standards

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City considering changes to geo-tech policy; adopts design standards and service extension manuals

The city is considering changes to the existing policies regarding geo-technical analysis for residential construction. The geo-tech analysis is required due to the fatty clay, or expansive clay, soils in many areas of the city that left unmitigated can have damaging effects on any structure, such as swelling and/or uneven floors; inoperable doors and windows; cracked foundation walls and slabs;

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Planning board approves rezone for Milwaukee Station

The city planning board unanimously voted during their May 12 meeting to recommend that the City Commission approved a zone change for the proposed residential and commercial development behind Milwaukee Station. The development group, which owns the Milwaukee Station property and the 1.3 neighboring acres to the northeast of the historic building, is requesting that both properties be rezoned from

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Zone change considered for Milwaukee Station development project

A zoning change will be considered at the May 12 city planning board meeting for the Milwaukee Station property to allow for the development of an 83-unit apartment building as well as commercial spaces. The mixed-use development is planned for the lot behind Milwaukee Station, including 83 market rate apartments, a wine bar, restaurant, fitness facility and some underground parking.

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Business Bites: Cassiopeia Books moving; Rod’s music under new ownership; Celtic Cowboy reopening; Boutique Co. closing; Nourish food truck; downtown residential; Fuddruckers open for takeout

Just a few Business Bites for you this week. Got a Business Bite? Send it to jenn@theelectricgf.com Saibeen’s Kitchen Saibeen’s Kitchen is moving to the Columbus Center, at 1601 2nd Ave. N. in Suite 220. Her last day of operation was April 29 at 2500 10th Ave. S. She’s estimated to be open in the new space by the second

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Sunday Reads: April 5

Strange times continue, but at least it’s warmer outside. Get some fresh air but practice your social distancing. Happy reading. The Atlantic: The social-distancing culture war has begun Vice: 10 million Americans lost their jobs in two weeks because of coronavirus ProPublica: What we need to understand about asymptomatic carriers if we’re going to beat coronavirus Quill Magazine: White House

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March 31 updates: 9th case assigned to Cascade County; Bullock issues directives for landlords, residential foreclosures; Great Falls Clinic closing on Fridays

As of 5 p.m., Cascade County now has nine positive COVID-19 cases assigned to the county. The presumptive positive for a man in his 80s was confirmed by the state lab today. The ninth case is a man in his 40s, according to the Cascade County City-County Health Department. “As always, CCHD’s infectious disease team is conducting a contact investigation

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Business Bites: Mixed use, apartments planned for Milwaukee Station area; new spa downtown; facade uncovered at butcher shop

A mixed-use development is planned for the lot behind Milwaukee Station, including 83 market rate apartments, a wine bar, restaurant, fitness facility and some underground parking. The project is being developed by Big Sky Select Properties, the same development group that announced 18 apartments above Mighty Mo Brew Pub last week. Business Bites: 18 apartments coming to floors above Mighty

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Business Bites: 18 apartments coming to floors above Mighty Mo; Jah-T’aime closing

Eighteen market rate apartments are coming to the two floors above the Mighty Mo Brew Pub in the 400 block of Central Avenue. The Northern Lofts will include studio, one- and two-bedroom rental apartments, according to building owners Jason and Brion Lindseth, with an anticipated completion date in early 2021. Vision for a vibrant downtown Great Falls, microvisioning project designs

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Coins for a Cause funds donated to St. Vincent de Paul’s Angel Services Center

The Downtown Safety Alliance made its largest distribution to date from its Coins for a Cause program on Wednesday. During the 2019 calendar year, area residents and visitors donated $867.03 to the Coins for a Cause program, either in the donation boxes located in businesses throughout the downtown or the collection boxes that were added to some lightposts along Central

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