Demolition crews are nearly finished clearing space for the Bozeman Public Safety Center on Rouse Avenue between Tamarack and Oak streets.

Demolition crews are nearly finished tearing down buildings to make way for a new safety center that will house the city police, a fire station, city courts and victim services.

Bozeman is in the process of demolishing 11 buildings on Rouse Avenue between Tamarack and Oak streets, just east of the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, to make way for its public safety center.

Bozeman voters last year approved raising taxes on themselves to borrow $36.9 million for the center. With interest, officials estimated that Bozemanites would pay off $46.8 million over 20 years.

Chuck Winn, assistant city manager, said in an emailed statement that demolition of the buildings started mid-September and is on schedule to be done in November. Clearing the way for the new building cost $150,000, and he said that was anticipated in the project’s budget.

Three of the 11 buildings were found to have asbestos, but Winn said that issue was resolved during demolition. He said that didn’t affect the project’s timeline.

Construction on the public safety center is scheduled to start next spring and is estimated to last 20 months, Winn said. When it’s complete, the city will bring its police, courts and victims services to the new building. It will also house Bozeman Fire Station No. 1, replacing the outdated Rouse station near downtown. The city has said it would eventually sell the old station.

Freddy Monares can be reached at or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.

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