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New Boutique Hotel Pays Tribute to Bozeman Architect Fred Willson

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

The Bozeman we all know and love today would look much different without the influence and design of Bozeman-born architect Frederick Willson.

After spending time in Paris following his graduation from Columbia University, Willson brought the influence of multiple architectural styles back to Bozeman with him, including Mission Revival and Art Deco. Over the next 46 years, he designed hundreds of well-known buildings in Bozeman and other Montana cities, including the Ellen Theatre, the Baxter Hotel, the Emerson Cultural Center, and both MSU’s original Student Union Building and Hamilton Hall. Although Willson died in 1956, his work can still be seen around Bozeman, West Yellowstone and Three Forks today.

Fast forward to 2018— the old National Guard armory building on the corner of Mendenhall and Willson will soon be transformed into the Etha Hotel, an eight-story boutique hotel with 122 rooms and a pool. Bozeman-based Venue Architects have plans to convert the concrete structure into a 17,000 square foot space, which will have enough room for an event area and an American bistro on the ground floor, and a bar or restaurant on the building’s rooftop.

The hotel will retain 98% of the original armory building, which was designed by Willson and constructed in 1941. The new building’s Art Deco style will imitate that of Willson’s previous designs, as elements such as doors and awnings have been taken from sketches of Willson’s that were never included in the armory’s original design. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

New Runway and New Airline Coming to Bozeman/Yellowstone Airport

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

Bozeman will be the first airport in Montana to officially service American Airline flights. Starting in June, the airline will start servicing a direct flight from Bozeman, Montana to Dallas, Texas. Based on how the experiment goes, American Airlines hopes to expand into other Montana cities, as well as increase Bozeman’s travel options. Bozeman's airport had more than a million visitors last year.

By adding an entirely new airline with additional direct flight options will increase a traveler’s ability to get to Bozeman. Bozeman’s tourism industry has lead to many visitors becoming permanent residents. Yellowstone has broken its visitor record in subsequent years so the area continues to attract more and more people. Bozeman’s economy, as well as its real estate industry, have seen huge lifts from the increased number of people living and traveling through Bozeman. Bozeman's reputation has helped support the increase in visitors, but improving the area's convenience will do a lot to get more people onto the plane.

Having American Airlines in Bozeman will also increase Bozeman residents’ ability to get out of town. Having more direct options will make Bozeman more travel convenient and may eventually end up lowering airline fares as competition increases. Flights in June and July are already booking quickly.

In addition to the news on American Airlines, official at the Bozeman/Yellowstone International Airport are also getting to work on building a second runway. The second runway would allow the airport to increase its total traffic, helping get more people in and out of Bozeman. The runway will be 5,000 feet long and 75 feet wide. It will be designed for smaller, slower planes that had previously taken up time and real estate from bigger, faster planes (like those seen from providers like American Airlines). The project will cost 8 million dollars and officials hope to start construction by the end of the year.

 

Sources: http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Bozeman-airport-plans-second-runway-construction/39036978

http://www.kulr8.com/story/31870896/new-airline-means-more-options-for-bozeman-travelers

Bozeman Honored as Top 16 Worldwide Destination

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

Los Angeles journalists might finally be catching up to the rest of us Bozemanites who have already made Bozeman home. In a recent article, the LA Times shared their top 16 destinations to visit in the world in 2016. Bozeman, MT made the list, which included other exotic locations such as Botswana; Paris, France; Iran; Dublin, Ireland; Cartagena, Columbia and Washington DC among others. The list did not order from 1 to 16, so Bozeman’s honor put it on equal footing with these other spectacular locations.

The article highlighted Bozeman as the tourist gateway to Yellowstone National Park. In 2014, 3,936,162 people who visited Montana, travelled to Bozeman as well. In 2015, that number grew to 4.4 million plus visitors. Tourist spending broke 4 billion in 2014.

The LA Times looked at Bozeman’s growing hospitality industry as an example of the positive momentum for the town in general. For example, the Lark Hotel on Main Street, after only its first year of business, has already moved forward with plans to expand their hotel. The hotel already had 90% occupancy rates, showing how many people now want to visit the Bozeman area. Forty-six percent of people who drove through Bozeman with no intentions of stopping, stayed in the town for at least one night in 2014. In 2015, that number rose to 48 percent.

The LA Times article also highlighted the local restaurants in the area and of course, Yellowstone National Park, as major draws for the small Montana town we call home. Local officials credited Bozeman’s tourism growth to the expanding airport, which has made travel to Yellowstone and beyond much easier for out of state visitors.

As Bozeman continues to grab more national attention, it can be expected that more people will visit Bozeman. More than a few are more than likely to catch “the Bozeman bug” so to speak and look to make Bozeman a more permanent destination. So long as that continues, Bozeman real estate can look forward to continued growth and recovery as the market expands.

 

Source: http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-d-16-places-20151227-story.html

http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Bozeman-makes-list-for-top-2016-destinations/37167738

http://www.kpax.com/story/30846496/paris-spain-ireland-and-bozeman-city-joins-list-of-must-see-destinations

http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/Bozeman-hotel-expands-after-successful-year/37343366

Bozeman Montana Airport Surpasses 1 Million Visitors

by Tim Hart

The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport surpassed 1 million total passengers over a 12 month period. From September 2014 to 2015, 1,000,483 passengers either boarded or exited a plane in Bozeman.

The airport saw a 4.4% increase compared to September 2013 to 2014 numbers.

In 2014, Bozeman had the busiest Montana airport, despite not having the highest population. The proximity of nearby attractions has really helped boost Bozeman’s tourism and economy.

In order to better host their rising totals, the airport has drafted plans to expand the airport in the next 5 to 10 years. The airport would like to add a second paved runway, expand the terminal, add a new parking garage and add a new de-icing area.

The airport and Bozeman both help each other and grow with each other. The airport attracts people, allowing Bozeman to sell itself, but oftentimes these visitors return again or sometimes become permanent residents. Once the airport expands, local residents can expect more tourists and more people looking to stay for an extended time.

 

Source: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/economy/bozeman-airport-sees-million-passengers-over--month-period/article_c9da6b5f-2f28-59ba-b9bc-42efc3d774c4.html

Element Hotel Takes on Growing Bozeman Tourism

by Tim Hart

With tourism spending in Montana close to $4 billion, with 662 million of those dollars being spent in the Gallatin County, its no wonder Bozeman has looked to take advantage of growing tourism in the area. After reports that hotels had their weekends booked through summer before the end of May, it makes sense that new hotels might try to grab some of the growing tourism market. This coming week, Bozeman will welcome a new hotel to its downtown—the Element hotel.

The Element will be 5 stories and have 104 rooms. It will be located on East Mendenhall, just a block from the vibrant downtown Bozeman district.

The hotel is part of a branch called the Starwood Resort Chain and will be the first LEED certified sustainable hotel in the state. Its sustainability, part of where the Element name came from, is the hotel’s claim to fame. It has been built with salvaged wood ceilings, recycled carpet and flooring made from reused tires. Starwood Resorts want to have all of their hotels reduce their water usage by 20% and carbon emissions by 30% by 2020. For this reason, single use toiletries and bottled waters will be replaced with more sustainable alternatives.

The hotel will employ 50 people, will have dog-friendly rooms and will also have free bikes to rent for its patrons. The hotel joins the Lark Motel and the Etha Hotel as recent hotel projects near downtown. The Etha is still under construction.

Yellowstone is on pace to break visitor records this year while the local skiing continues to garner a larger reputation and following. All the industries that focus on tourism, including the airport, have seen increased traffic. So long as more and more people continue to want to visit and experience Bozeman and Montana’s beauty, the city should expect to see tourist based businesses continue to grow in the area.

 

Source: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/economy/element-hotel-ready-to-open-in-downtown-bozeman/article_c4f4bffd-95c8-57e7-815e-2434cb000605.html

 

 

Bozeman Int. Airport Breaks Records, Will Expand

by Tim Hart

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport saw record breaking numbers this summer and fall and will be looking to expand in the next 5 to 10 years to take care of increasing numbers. The airport saw 83,011 passengers in September, an all time high for the airport. The airport also dealt with record numbers between May and September, an 8% increase from prior years. The airport believes numbers have increased along with Bozeman and Yellowstone tourism, all contributing to eachother's success. The airport’s proximity to Big Sky keeps those numbers strong in the winter as well.

In order to better host their rising totals, the airport has drafted plans to expand the airport in the next 5 to 10 years. The airport would like to add a second paved runway and expand the terminal. Their plan also included great news for Christmas travelers, with the addition of a new parking garage, helping to keep cars warm and out of blizzard conditions. The airport would also like to add a de-icing area and contract a new non-stop flight to Dallas. Some of their plans will be implemented immediately, while some plans may be 5 to 10 years down the line. The plan will come up for approval in December.

To see how an expanding airport can affect Bozeman and Bozeman real estate, please read my article regarding housing market conditions in Bozeman.

Source: http://m.nbcmontana.com/news/airport-director-bozeman-breaks-passenger-records/29043366

http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/bozeman-airport-plans-to-expand-to-keep-up-with-record-numbers/29060270

 

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