Bozeman commissioners OK plans for East Main hotel

The edge of downtown Bozeman will get another new hotel.  The Bozeman City Commission unanimously approved plans Monday for Bozeman Residence Inn, a four-story, 104-room hotel just off East Main Street.  The building will go on roughly 1.74 acres at 815 E. Main St., just behind Jackpot Casino and with Town Pump to the west.  Commissioners said Monday the building will fill an unused space in town and help meet a need for tourists or those traveling to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital looking for a place to stay. They added the hotel’s height makes sense off a major city corridor and a block from downtown.  “It starts to look like an extension of downtown, of Main Street,” Commissioner Jeff Krauss said as he looked at the renderings of the brick and metal building.  Bozeman Hotel Group, LLC is listed as the applicant.

Will Ralph with BlackRidge Companies — part of the ownership group for Residence Inn — said construction could begin on the project later this fall. He said the project would likely wrap up in early 2021.  He said developers changed their designs to brick and corrugated metal after city feedback so the hotel blends in with neighboring buildings.  The hotel will have 124 off-street parking spaces, 34 of which will go in an underground garage. There will also be 23 parking spaces for bikes.  Plans include space for a restaurant and bar in the hotel with a patio just off Main.  “It’s a small bar and restaurant with small plates, more meant for guests before they head downtown,” Ralph said.  The Bozeman Residence Inn is one in a series of new hotels going up around Bozeman’s core.  The Lark opened on Main Street and Grand Avenue in 2015 and expanded last year.  In May, developer Andy Holloran filed plans for a six-story project called AC Hotel on the corner of Mendenhall Street and Tracy Avenue.  Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants recently announced plans to operate the upcoming hotel under construction in the old National Armory Building.