Floods, blizzards, fires and a presidential election. Some years leave us with memories — 2016 has left us with story after story.
Below are the local picks of the Billings Gazette staff for Top 10 stories of the year:
After more than three hours of testimony both for and against the proposed One Big Sky Center, the Billings City Council voted 6-2 Monday to approve the project’s pre-development memorandum of understanding.
MontDevCo Ltd., the group of three developers hoping to build the $165 million One Big Sky Center, seek $30 million from EB-5, a federal program that grants green cards to foreign investors in exchange for funds that create American jobs.
If on Nov. 14 the Billings City Council approves a One Big Sky Center pre-development agreement with MontDevCo LLC, city officials would be wise to keep an eye on four key indicators, according to a report from Springsted, the city’s adviser on the project.
A new brewery, movie theater and bowling alley would be likely pieces of the proposed $120 million One Big Sky Center in downtown Billings, but the complex project faces big hurdles, developers said Tuesday in a video conference in Billings.
The Downtown Billings Partnership, Inc. (“DBP”) is pleased to announce a hotel development opportunity within a $100 to $150 Million mixed use development to be constructed on a 70,000 square foot floorplate within the very center of a vibrant central business district (“Site”).
Billings City officials have hired a Minnesota firm to evaluate financial reports from a private developer seeking up to $30 million in public financing to build a hotel, conference, retail and residential center downtown.
While most eyes in Billings have been on the proposed $120 million One Big Sky Center downtown, developers on the West End have been quietly working on a new convention center project that mirrors a piece of the downtown project — and may also require public money.
As one downtown business owner summed up the proposed One Big Sky Center in Billings: “If you look at the big picture, it’s good. It really is.”