Catron Crossing Subdivision

This map shows the area where Catron Crossing Subdivision is slated for on the northwest end of Bozeman.

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Developers are laying the foundation for more businesses to fill into Bozeman’s west side of town.

On Monday, Bozeman city commissioners gave the OK to subdivide 23 acres into 10 commercial lots at 2515 Catamount Street. Commissioner Terry Cunningham said the project, called Catron Crossing Subdivision, will add more pockets of businesses for the growing area.

“It’s a much needed commercial node in a place where the community wants it,” Cunningham said.

The largely undeveloped patch is north of the commercial district that includes Costco, Outback Steakhouse and a series of hotels. It’s in the same part of town Billings Clinic is sitting on roughly 53 acres for an unknown future project.

Associate Planner Sarah Rosenberg said developers are already eyeing empty fields next door to Catron Crossing off North 27th Avenue for future building. She said that will intensify when the city finishes a lift station — which pumps sewer when gravity isn’t working in a city’s favor — that paves the way for Bozeman’s future second high school.

“That area is going to demand development fairly quickly,” Rosenberg said.

The piece of land slatted for more building currently includes two commercial businesses, a hotel and a Taco Bell. A real estate ad for lots in the area have prices between $500,000 for an acre up to $1.3 million for 3 acres. The same ad estimates more than 20,000 people drive by the spot each day.

Owner and longtime Bozeman developer Don Cape Jr. said subdividing those plots will begin sometime this summer. Commissioners said some of that infrastructure has to include a road that goes through the development to link to future projects that Rosenberg said would be on the way soon.

Commissioners also agreed on Monday to pay Colorado consulting firm BrendonAdams $66,525 to review the city’s Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District and Historic Preservation Program to see whether it needs an update.

Adopted in 1991, the district prioritized maintaining patterns within historic neighborhoods for developers to build into their plans. City leaders say it’s time to consider an update on the document.

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