Bozeman Public Safety Center

A city of Bozeman rendering of the future Bozeman Public Safety Center.

The city of Bozeman is gearing up to sell its nearly $37 million in bonds to build its new public safety center.

Commissioners will vote Monday on whether it’s time to sell the Bozeman Public Safety Center bonds, which voters approved in November 2018.

It’s the latest step in the city’s longtime effort to build a new home for Bozeman police, courts and victim services on 8 acres of city-owned land off Rouse Avenue and Oak Street. The center will also replace the deteriorating Bozeman Fire Station No. 1, which sits between Hawthorne Elementary School and downtown.

Assistant City Manager Chuck Winn said at a recent commission meeting the estimated construction cost is about $30 million. The total price of the project is expected to reach roughly $40 million.

“We won’t proceed into the construction without knowing we have adequate funding to complete it,” Winn said at the meeting on Aug. 5.

Winn said the maximum price will come back after the project goes to bid.

City spokeswoman Melody Mileur said that won’t happen until Bozeman finalizes its designs, which will wrap up this year. The city’s goal is to begin construction in 2020.

According to commission documents, the city put out a request for proposals for underwriting services for the bond issuance in May. Stifel, Nicolaus & Company came out on top to serve as the city’s underwriter.

Monday’s vote comes a week after commissioners finalized their project management team when they hired general contractor Langlas and Associates to build the center.

It took the city three attempts with voters to get city services out of the unsound and overcrowded Law and Justice Center shared with Gallatin County.

In 2014, the city had a failed push to build a police and courts building on the Rouse site. In 2016, Bozeman and Gallatin County worked together on a joint building plan, which voters again turned down.

Gallatin County will go back to voters in November with its own $59 million bond issue to get the sheriff’s office and county court system out of the Law and Justice Center.

Katheryn Houghton can be reached at khoughton@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2628. Follow her on Twitter @K_Hought.

Katheryn Houghton is the city government and health reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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