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After hours of presentations and public comment Monday, Bozeman’s commissioners delayed making a decision on developer Andy Holloran’s contentious Black-Olive project, rescheduling their vote for April 11.

“If we go on much longer, we will stop thinking as clearly as we need to,” Mayor Carson Taylor said shortly before 10 p.m. — with a dozen people still lined up for their three minute share of time addressing the commission.

Taylor, Krauss and the city’s three other commissioners agreed to reconvene the Black-Olive hearing April 11, next Tuesday, after hearing from one additional commenter who said he couldn’t make it to another meeting.

As proposed, the Black-Olive building would include 56 apartments in five stories, as well as a small ground-floor commercial space suitable for a coffee shop-style business.

It would provide 37 on-site parking spaces in a garage enclosed in the building, four of which Holloran has proposed dedicating to a car-sharing program that would give him bonus credit so he can meet his city parking requirements.

Proponents have argued the project will help Bozeman build up instead of out, promoting walkable lifestyles in the city core and helping preserve open space on its edges. Some neighbors have expressed opposition to the project, citing concerns over its height and mass, as well as potential impacts like parking and traffic.

Before being cut off, Monday’s meeting saw detailed presentations from city Development Review Manager Brian Krueger as well as Holloran.

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Eric Dietrich can be reached at 406-582-2628 or He is on Twitter at @eidietrich.

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