Bozeman Commons

This rendering shows a new building in the Bozeman Commons project on East Main Street.

A developer has filed plans for a 45,000-square-foot commercial building on Bozeman’s growing east side.

Located at 1101 E. Main St., the three-story structure will house D.A. Davidson and some other businesses, said Laura Dornberger, associate partner with Locati Architects, which is working on the project.

The space is flexible and could accommodate offices or retail businesses, Dornberger said. Developers are also in talks with potential business owners looking to open up a restaurant or cafe in the building.

“Really, anything’s possible,” she said.

D.A. Davidson was attracted to the building because it was looking to consolidate about 40 employees working at three main locations, said Brian Brown, senior vice president and branch manager for D.A. Davidson’s Bozeman offices.

The company is anticipating growth at its Bozeman branch, and after scouting out eight to 10 locations, he said Bozeman Commons seemed like a good fit. D.A. Davidson has had ties to Main Street since 1977, and he said it made sense to maintain that connection. It’s also within easy walking distance to downtown and has ample parking, he said.

“To us, it’s really important to stick to our roots,” he said.

The building is part of a much larger development project on East Main called the Bozeman Commons, which started with the PayneWest Insurance building. Construction on the building for D.A. Davidson and other businesses will begin this summer and wrap up toward the end of 2020, Dornberger said.

Future phases of the development include at least two more buildings, she said. Plans are still in early stages, so she couldn’t offer details, but they will likely be mixed residential and commercial use.

Aesthetically, buildings will be an extension of Main Street, featuring brick and some metal features, she said. There will also be several metal detail awnings that give pedestrian-level scale and interest to the building.

Dornberger said Locati Architects was drawn to the area because of founding partner Jerry Locati’s vision for what East Main Street could be if Bozeman grew.

“He’s always had a vision for it for development when the time is right,” she said. “This is sort of a small part of that bigger vision.”

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

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