North Park, formerly Mandeville Farm, is for sale.
The Bozeman City Commission voted 4-0 this week that the city no longer needs the 85-acre property, west of North Seventh Avenue between Interstate 90 and the railroad. The city has hired a real estate broker to advertise the land.
All of the commissioners were strongly in favor of seeing the property get developed by the private sector,” City Manager Chris Kukulski said during the city’s weekly news conference Tuesday.Kukulski said commissioners hope the property will be used to create jobs and will generate property taxes.
“The idea is to sell it out on the open market and hope that the buyer will implement the master plan for the property in collaboration with the state lands that are adjacent to it,” he said.The city bought the property for $3 million in 2003 to use as a garbage transfer station, but that plan never came to fruition. The city is now paying a $2 million court settlement to its insurer for undermining a local developer’s plan to buy the land.