The Cannery District has entered its final stages of development, as developers prepare for construction on a few buildings and begin planning for the final, 13th structure.

Across Oak Street near Gallatin County Fairgrounds, the northeast Bozeman business hub is filling out. The Cannery is in the last stage and a half of five stages of development, said Barry Brown, who, along with Scott Dehlendorf and Lisa Tuckerman, is helping develop the property.

“I’d say we are in the red zone,” Brown said.

A number of new businesses have moved into the more recently constructed Water Tower South building, including Fawn and Co., Mint Dental, Shore to Summit Wealth Management and a real estate company.

Though it may seem like the area has sprung up quickly, it’s been in the works for quite some time, Brown said. Developers won’t start construction on a building until they have businesses committed to 50 percent of the space, in case another recession or economic slowdown occurs.

It hasn’t been hard, as he said word has spread about the area and existing businesses have perpetuated themselves. He gets about 10 calls a week from interested tenants.

Building O, the next phase in the project, has a lot of space accounted for and is in construction right now. It will house OnX Maps, a real estate company and a restaurant, Brown said.

Brown said the team has submitted plans for Building M and the Cannery Flats building to the city for conceptual review. Building M will wrap around the water tower and contain Sitka Gear. Construction will likely wrap up in spring 2020, Brown said.

Cannery Flats will be the only building with residential units, making the Cannery District more of a 24-hour hub of activity. It should have 52 apartments and ground floor commercial space, Brown said. Optimistically, he said he sees construction wrapping up in January 2021.

“It will definitely change the place,” he said.

That leaves the Cannery with its final, 13th structure, called Building J. It will be about 13,000 square feet and two stories tall, with office space on the second floor, Brown said. He doesn’t know what will be on the first level. Buildout will take about nine to 12 months, he said.

After that, the Cannery doesn’t have much more room to grow. Interstate 90 is to its north, and the fairgrounds are to the south. Owners of the land between the Cannery and Walmart aren’t interested in selling, Brown said.

He’s happy with the way the project has played out, he said, with the area consisting of almost entirely local and regional tenants.

“We’re kind of a northeast neighborhood, grassroots, local company kind of place, he said.”

Abby Lynes can be reached at alynes@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2651. Follow her on Twitter @Abby_Lynes.

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