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.”
Developers of a $120 million-plus project in downtown Billings—including a skyscraper that would be the tallest building in Montana—unveiled their plans Monday afternoon.
The public and private partners working on a huge development in downtown Billings got their first nod of approval Monday night from the City Council.
Billings Montana was selected as the #1 place to live in 2016 by Outside Magazine.
When Sherry Daly was first approached by a buyer for her Montana Vintage Clothing building at 112 N. 29th St., she said no way. Business was going well at the spot she’s occupied for four years, and she didn’t want to end her total 18-year stretch in downtown Billings. But the more she learned about the proposed $120 million One Big Sky Center and developers’ plans for a new conference center, hotel, apartments and pedestrian mall, the more she liked. So, with mixed emotions, Daly said she decided to sell.
One Big Sky Center was featured on the Front Page of the Billings Gazette – Sky-high Ambition Downtown, Developers reveal plans for massive $120 million center.
The Billings skyline could be in for a major overhaul — the addition of the state’s tallest building — if a $120 million downtown development comes to fruition.
(Billings, MT) ‐‐ MontDevCo, LLC, CTA Architects Engineers, the Downtown Billings Alliance, Big Sky Economic Development, and the Billings Chamber of Commerce announced today the planning of a major downtown development to be located in the central business district. The new mixed‐use project, One Big Sky Center, will galvanize downtown Billings – drawing on its history, unique character, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the community.