The Bozeman City Commission approved updates to Bozeman’s Midtown in the hopes of sparking redevelopment and increased activity to the area. Most local Bozemanites will know Midtown as commercial district on North 7th Avenue or as the North 7th Corridor.
Commissioners will use two new zoning designations: R-5, or Residential High Density Mixed District; and B-2M, or Community Business Mixed District. The new designations will allow property owners on North 7th to build denser, higher buildings that can mix both residential and commercial aspects.
Commissioners believe the zoning change will help foster investment in taller, walk friendly, urban style projects. Many expect a “commercial ground floor” so to speak, with apartments and condos on any additional stories.
The zoning changes will help eliminate the sprawl at Bozeman’s edges while increasing the concentration of customers who could both shop at Midtown and Downtown. A new business, The Midtown Tavern, has already started construction on 7th Avenue. Street workers will work with business owners to replace lights and expand the space between the walkways and streets in the next three years.
Bozeman continues to grow. But as it grows, it is nice to see the city focus on revitalizing and redeveloping areas within Bozeman, maintaining the overall quality that continues to attract people to this lovely neck of the woods.
RECENT UPDATE 5/3/16: A few blocks of a neighborhood bordering Midtown will be up for rezoning consideration. Mayor Carson Taylor, previously siding with removing several areas from a rezoning proposal, wants more time to consider all available options. The area south of Lamme Street, running along 8th Avenue was designated R-5, promoting small scale businesses and walkable neighborhoods. Currently, the area is zoned R-4, which normally leads to apartment style construction. The city will now reconsider between zoning the area R-4 or R-5.