Posted: May 20, 2013 7:17 PM by Adam Bell - KBZK News
Bozeman City Commissioners will vote tonight on whether or not to approve the conditional use permit for the Etha Hotel, which, as it is proposed, would be the tallest structure in Bozeman.
"I think most people support it because it will bring more people downtown," said Chris Mehl, Bozeman City Commissioner. "We don't have a medium to high end hotel in the downtown area, it's a void and this would fill that."
The 80-room hotel called the Etha with a restaurant and gathering areas, would be built around the downtown armory. Commissioner Mehl believes that while this building is 70 feet over the current height limit for Bozeman, tonight's motion should be approved by the city.
"As we grow as a community, we are going to grow up so to speak downtown," said Mehl. "The sign is still going to be the biggest item downtown. But now it's time to decide, let the business go ahead or not, and I think you will see a favorable vote."