Category Archives: Housing

City Commission chooses not to pursue nondiscrimination ordinance; instead will draft resolution in support of protected classes, including LGBTQ+ community

The consensus among City Commissioners after a three-hour work session on Sept. 8 was that a nondiscrimination ordinance was not the route to pursue to address discrimination toward the LGBTQ+ community in Great Falls. They instead asked staff to start drafting a resolution that would state their support of protected classes of people, to include the the LGBTQ+ community, and

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Milwaukee Station zone change approved

The zone change for the Milwaukee Station project has been approved 3-1. The project has been dubbed The Station and the Lofts at The Station. Commissioner Tracy Houck left the meeting before the vote and Commissioner Mary Moe was opposed. The zone change allows a greater building height and also reduces some parking and landscaping requirements. Milwaukee Station project zone

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Milwaukee Station project zone change goes to City Commission Aug. 18

The mixed use development planned for Milwaukee Station, which has been dubbed the Station District, with The Station and the Lofts at The Station, is being considered for a zone change during the Aug. 18 City Commission meeting. The proposal includes 110-unit market rate apartment complex with a two-story, 10,000 square foot area of commercial space that will be lightly attached

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Developers requesting tax abatements for three projects

Two development groups are seeking tax abatements from the city for three projects. The City Commission will consider all three during their Aug. 4 meeting and will conduct public hearings on each request. STSA Partners, LLC is remodeling 420 Central Ave. into an entertainment venue that will have 8,000 square feet of event space and a multi-purpose theater. The space

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Milwaukee Station proposal going to Aug. 18 public hearing

City Commissioner voted unanimously during their July 21 meeting to send a requested zoning change for the Milwaukee Station project to a public hearing on Aug. 18. A tax abatement request from the developers, Big Sky Select Properties, will go before the commission on Aug. 4. Planning board approves rezone for Milwaukee Station Since the original proposal was submitted to

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Three Neighborhood Councils meet next week

Three Great Falls Neighborhood Councils meet next week. Neighborhood Council 7 meets at 7 p.m. July 13 in the Civic Center Gibson Room. Agenda items include committee reports, neighborhood concerns and two guest speakers, David Saenz and Brion Lindseth. Saenz will be sharing information on the Calvary Chapel of Cascade County’s relocation plans and conditional use permit. Lindseth will provide

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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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