Micro is in — whether it be brews, distilleries or pigs.

And as downtown Belgrade grows, one new business is getting in on the trend — with a microhotel. The Outpost, on 33 W. Main St., is slated to open Sept. 1.

With 14 rooms, developers behind the project aim to bring a form of lodging less common in the area, where either large chain or downtown Bozeman luxury hotels dominate.

Located in the old 119-year-old Waterman Hotel building, The Outpost will maintain its brick, historic exterior, with a “sleek, modern, minimalistic” interior, said real estate agent Chris Awe. The building was most recently a medical clinic, and he said there was some good overlap with the microhotel’s infrastructure layout.

Suites fit two to six people and cost $69 to $119 a night, and rooms will have a clean, white and simple look, said project manager Jennifer Janssens.

The setup should be similar to what places like Chico Hot Springs offers, Awe said, with several individual shared bathrooms along with a common kitchen space and study.

The Outpost project is one of several Belgrade buildings Awe is working on. His real estate company is also coordinating with owners of the old Hub Bar & Casino building and the Sacks of Belgrade building to bring more businesses to downtown Belgrade.

Right now, owners are working on giving the Sacks building a facelift and acquiring a new tenant. Awe’s company opened its offices on Belgrade’s Main Street earlier this year, and he said he looks forward to being part of the town’s growth and development.

“It just made a lot of sense for us to plant a flag down here and be part of it,” he said.

Awe said having more lodging will help create more of an around-the-clock presence downtown and get more people visiting restaurants, bars and other businesses. It will also be a good way to introduce more people to the area, he said.

The microhotel is a cheaper lodging option with good access to the airport, he said. He feels like the microhotel model is more consistent with the city’s character and the direction it’s headed.

“I feel like it’s a way to provide a more tasteful, affordable experience for people in the marketplace,” Awe said.

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

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