Hastings Developer

A California developer has filed plans with the city to renovate the vacant Hastings Shopping Center located off West Main Street.

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A California developer has submitted plans to renovate the shopping center off 15th Avenue and Main Street.

The developer has proposed combining several of the shops in the Hastings Shopping Center, as well as rearranging parking and adding outdoor patio seating, according to the filing, which must be approved by the city planning department.

The application lists as its primary contact Joshua Binkley, who an online search shows as working for Kornwasser Shopping Center Properties, a shopping center property developer based in Los Angeles. The entire 10-acre property — which includes Brewsker’s, Access Fitness, Dollar Tree and Harbor Freight Tools, as well as land directly north of the McDonald’s — is currently owned by Bozeman Main and 15th Avenue Shopping Center, a limited liability corporation also with a Los Angeles mailing address.

As of 2017, the land was worth more than $10.5 million, according to state tax records.

Plans list several potential tenants for the re-purposed spaces, including Town and Country Foods and craft store Hobby Lobby.

The nearly 30,000-square-foot Hastings store closed in late 2016 after its parent company declared bankruptcy and was bought out. The shopping center has seen its fair share of controversy, with the previous ownership filing a lawsuit against the city, alleging it was preventing the center’s development. The city eventually settled the lawsuit.

Kendall can be reached at 406-582-2651 or lkendall@dailychronicle.com. He is on Twitter at @lewdak

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Kendall can be reached at 406-582-2651 or lkendall@dailychronicle.com. He is on Twitter at @lewdak

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