Rendering of Bozeman East Mixed-Use development

Bozeman city officials are reviewing a proposal for a 305-unit apartment complex off North 19th Avenue.

The city of Bozeman is reviewing a proposal for a 305-unit apartment complex off North 19th Avenue. The proposal also includes 18,043 square feet of commercial space.

The three-story building would go on nearly 12 acres behind Bridger Peaks Town Center. The project, temporarily named the Bozeman East Mixed-Use, has roughly 2 acres of open space and 525 parking spaces.

Jim McLeod, a partner in Farren Realty Partners and developer with Bridger Peak Land Development — the company spearheading the development — said they hope to break ground next spring.

“We’re really focused on workforce housing for teachers, nurses, police officers, that type of housing,” McLeod said.

A majority of the 305 apartments in the development are studios and one-bedroom apartments, a move McLeod said is intended to make the apartments more affordable per square foot.

In addition to the apartments and the commercial space, the development includes a clubhouse and an outdoor recreation area.

McLeod said he believes the retail space will have some sort of food, possibly a coffee shop, and local boutique-style shops.

“An important thing is the walkability aspect of it,” said McLeod. “We’re conveniently located next to Bridger Peaks Town Center so people can walk over and do their shopping. You’ve got banks in the area; you’ve got other retail stores close by.”

McLeod said as long as the project stays on schedule, units will begin to open up for rent in 2021 and 2022.

Bozeman’s city planning department did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

Melissa Loveridge can be reached at mloveridge@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2603. Follow her on Twitter @mel_loveridge.

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