Black-Olive May 2017 redesign

HomeBase Montana’s Black-Olive building, as proposed in the company’s May 2017 design for the project.

Bozeman city officials are expected to make a decision Monday on the contentious proposal to build a six-story apartment complex on Olive Street and Black Avenue, two blocks south of downtown.

Dennis Taylor, Bozeman’s interim city manager, said the decision could come at the commission meeting Monday, depending on the amount of public comment. At one of the hearings for the development, he said, commissioners heard public testimony for several hours.

If testimony runs into later hours of the night, Taylor said, commissioners may decide to continue the meeting, which would likely be Tuesday or Thursday. But, he said, he believes commissioners would likely vote Monday.

The issue has been controversial because neighbors have concerns about the development being out of character for the neighborhood. In addition to the public hearings, commissioners have received about two-dozen letters opposing the project.

Andy Holloran, developer of Black-Olive, initially proposed a five-story building that would include 56 units, but the proposal commissioners will see Monday includes 47 units. Of those, the project includes 28 one-bedroom and 19 two-bedroom apartments.

The updated proposal also includes an increased number of parking spots from 36 to 40 to ease neighbors’ concerns.

Neighbors are worried about the building’s scale, aesthetics and parking provisions. One letter submitted by Bill and Juliet Moeckel, residents in the neighborhood, said it’s not just the downtown businesses that should matter.

“The people living in the surrounding neighborhoods have supported them for years and should have a say about what kind of development happens where we live,” the letter said.

The city’s Development Review Committee reviewed the application June 21 and recommended approval. The city’s Design Review Board also reviewed the application materials at a later date and recommended denying the proposal, according to a city staff report.

Commissioners ultimately will make the final decision.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

Freddy Monares can be reached at 406-582-2630, or by email at fmonares@dailychronicle.com.

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