Posted: Apr 9, 2013 12:18 AM by MTN News
Updated: Apr 10, 2013 11:16 AM
Bozeman City Commission voted unanimously Monday night to terminate the city's agreement with Exergy Friends of the Story Mansion (EFOS).
Many people spoke at the meeting in favor of extending the agreement with EFOS but commissioners determined that EFOS had defaulted on its agreement and moved to terminate it.
In a letter to commissioners, City Manager Chris Kukulski recommended the termination for two primary reasons; EFOS defaulted on the agreed closing date for the story mansion which had been extended to February 28th, 2013. Secondly, EFOS has not proven they are financially capable of raising the required $392 thousand dollars and has not produced a renovation partner.
The commission will now consider 2 of 3 proposed options for the Mansion.
Option one, "Sell the Story Mansion by negotiated sale without relying on the 'historically significant building' provisions of Sec. 2.06.870.D, BMC, thus selling at no less than 90% of appraised value."
Option two, "Repeat the request for proposals (RFP) process used in 2011 wherein the City solicited proposals from non-profit organizations and other groups interested in purchasing the Story Mansion."
Mayor Sean Becker says he is leaning more towards option one and says the most important thing is to get the Mansion off the city's books.
Commissioners say they will consider plans that assure the Mansion is maintained and accessible to the public.