January 16, 2024

Bozeman Journal

Good Morning Bozeman. If you were one of the brave souls who ventured out in the cold this past weekend; hats off to you. For those who stayed glued to the couch binge watching Love is Blind: Sweden (you know who you are), keep those blankets handy; things are about to get frosty with Rasmus.

Trivia Question: What is the coldest temperature ever recorded in Montana?

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Local Trailblazers

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onX Press

onX, a leader in outdoor digital navigation, recently surpassed its ambitious 2018 goal of refurbishing 150 miles of trails and enhancing public access to 150,000 acres of land, marking a notable victory for outdoor enthusiasts.

As of December 2023, onX’s Access and Stewardship Grant Program had supported 53 projects across 20 states. These initiatives have increased access to 154,688 acres of land and rejuvenated 255 miles of trails, catering to a wide range of activities such as hiking, biking, skiing, and various motorsports.

Here at home, onX's grant program has teamed up with the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) not once, but twice. Their first project in 2020 involved acquiring 160 acres in Middle Cottonwood Canyon. The second, in 2022, secured a key 0.6-mile trail easement between the M and Mount Baldy.

Challenges and Future Goals: onX CEO and Bozeman resident Laura Orvida underscores the ongoing threats to natural landscapes from urban sprawl and industrial development. She emphasizes that protecting access to these areas is core to onX’s mission.

As the company looks toward 2024, it's actively seeking feedback from the outdoor community to inform future projects. For more in-depth information about the onX Access and Stewardship Grant Program and its role in enhancing outdoor experiences, visit their website.

onX is based in Missoula, with an office in Bozeman that currently has several open positions.

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Wallace Works

via https://gisweb.bozeman.net/ Lake Flato Architects

As first reported by the Bozeman Real Estate Group, the proposed development of 801 N. Wallace Ave has been approved.

"Missing middle" housing was the narrative behind this project according to the documents submitted to the city over a year ago. Adam Martin, project architect, wrote that, "Wallace Works seeks to address an urgent and growing need for attainable housing in Bozeman while embracing the mixed-use and diverse architectural character of the Northeast Historic Mixed-Use (NEHMU) district."

That same proposal says it will "provide 58 dwelling units including 5 live-work units for entrepreneurs and artists, 11 rowhomes, and 42 apartments above street level" and includes 213 above ground parking spaces with a mix of residential and public parking.

For an area that can be quite congested, the parking likely serves as a reprieve to the existing residents & businesses.

Nest Partners, the development firm behind past projects such as the Rialto and Lark Motel, is steering the development of Wallace Works.

We'll keep a close eye on this, providing updates on its progress, including details about the expected completion timeline and pricing for the apartments.

On Our Radar 📡

  • Two city board meetings this week: one with the Downtown Urban Renewal Board and another with the Downtown Business Improvement District.
  • Check out this article from MTFP on the new property tax task force, aiming to shape Montana tax recommendations for the 2025 Legislature.
  • Local car legend Connor Lopes will be writing a "Car Buying" series for us. Connor has bought and sold more cars in his life than the number of grocery stores in this town. Expect bi-weekly articles full with insights.

Trivia Answer: -70° on January 20, 1954 recorded on Rogers Pass near Lincoln, MT