Bozeman has been in dire need of a community indoor sports complex. Hopefully North Park is the answer.
Article by Amanda Ricker, Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
In the future, a 275-acre swath of farmland in northwest Bozeman might be home to assembly lines, offices, retail stores, hotels and sports facilities.
The site, a combination of city-owned land at Mandeville Farm and adjoining state-owned school trust lands, is the largest undeveloped piece of property zoned for industrial use in Bozeman.
“It’s an asset,” said Brit Fontenot, economic development director for the city of Bozeman. “What are we going to try to do with it?”
This month, the Bozeman City Commission unanimously adopted a 95-page master plan to try to attract businesses to the site, now renamed North Park.
The goal of the plan is to create a place where businesses with high-growth potential – such as those in the bioscience, photonics and outdoor recreation industries – can start, grow or relocate, resulting in the creation of new jobs and a more diverse local economy.
“The types of jobs that we want to create are higher-paying jobs that are often associated with high-tech manufacturing companies,” Fontenot said. “These are the kinds of jobs that pay people enough money to have enough purchasing power to buy homes, and essentially, to expand the city.”