Black-Olive revised rendering

A rendering of a revised design for Andy Holloran’s Black-Olive apartment project in downtown Bozeman, prepared by Denver architecture firm Johnson Nathan Strohe.

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Bozeman commissioners will resume — and potentially finish — a discussion tonight on the contentious Black-Olive building proposal.

The commission previously took up the issue Monday, April 3, hearing testimony from city planners and developer Andy Holloran in addition to accepting public comment. More than 100 people attended, many of them neighbors concerned about the building’s aesthetics and impacts like traffic, parking spillover and blocked views.

With another item — hiring an interim city manager — on the commission’s April 3 agenda, Mayor Carson Taylor decided to cut the Black-Olive portion of the initial meeting off at about 10 p.m., saving additional public input and a formal vote on the project’s site plan for the hearing Tuesday.

As proposed by Holloran, 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.

Tonight’s meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the commission chambers at City Hall, 121 N. Rouse Ave.

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


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