W+H Babcock

This rendering shows a pair of new mixed-use buildings coming to West Babcock Street.

A pair of new mixed-use buildings are coming to West Babcock Street, bringing higher-density housing to the area.

Called W+H Babcock, the five-story structures will be located in the 1600 and 1700 blocks of West Babcock Street. The name of the building is a nod to one of Bozeman’s prominent historic figures, carpenter and architect William H. Babcock — though developers have consulted local historians and still can’t figure out what the “H” stands for.

Altogether, the buildings will come to 163,500 square feet. Separated by a driveway, the two structures will be sisters and share similar designs, said Rob Pertzborn, a principal architect with Instrinsik Architecture, which is working on the project.

Both ground floors will have flexible commercial space and parking garages, containing 49 spaces total, and there will also be 56 parking spaces in lots outside the building.

On the second through fifth floors, there will be 94 for-sale units altogether, with one building’s fifth floor dedicated to an indoor and outdoor common space. Studios to two-bedroom units will be available, ranging from 500 to 1,300 square feet.

Prices haven’t been finalized yet, though building developer Geoff Anderson said they will be market rate.

“It will be attainable housing,” Pertzborn said.

Aesthetically, Pertzborn said the building will have a contemporary feel. There will be metal and brick cladding with warm tones and natural rust accents. The inside of the building will also have a modern feel, with a variety of finish options.

Developers recently demolished a vacant house that used to be a daycare, an older office building and the building that used to house LaParilla to make way for the project. LaParilla will now be part of Shine Beer Sanctuary, which used to be The Garage.

Pertzborn and Anderson hope to begin full construction toward the end of September or beginning of October. They estimate they will start moving people into the building in spring 2021.

Pertzborn said developers were attracted to the area because of its proximity to downtown, Midtown and Montana State University’s campus. The street is slated to see improvements in coming years, which will change the way it looks and operates. The project will add density to the area as it changes, Pertzborn said.

“A project of this scale, itself, will be transformative,” 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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