Posted: Apr 25, 2013 8:41 AM by Judy Slate
Updated: Apr 25, 2013 9:07 AM
BOZEMAN - Plans for an eight-story hotel in downtown Bozeman are moving forward.
The Etha Hotel will incorporate a big piece of Bozeman's history. The plan is to turn the old, rundown armory building into a new boutique hotel.
"We're going to create some overlook balcony spaces," developer Cory Lawrence explained. "Bozeman needs to have a dwelling place inside the heart of its authentic core, downtown Bozeman."
The plan is to keep the armory building in tact as much as possible.
Plans include a tower to be built above the armory. Bozeman currently has a 70-foot height limit. Developers are asking permission to build up 110 feet, or eight floors.
Another challenge is parking, but with the help of the city, the Etha Hotel will lease spaces from the parking garage down the street.
The Etha goes up before the city commission for final approval on May 20. If approved, it could be open by late summer of 2014.