Posted: Jun 3, 2013 8:17 PM by Jamie Leary - KBZK News
Bozeman city officials are hoping to get the ball rolling on a plan that would beautify the North 7th Ave. area.
During tonight's commission meeting, the Community Development Department will present a work plan and budget to make the North 7th corridor more active and exciting.
The total budget set aside for this project is $280,000.
Among the improvements listed are vehicle, bike and pedestrian circulation and a plan to develop the corridor as a focus for commercial and entertainment activities.
Also tonight, commissioners will consider re-adopting a policy they had to nix several years ago due to a declining housing market.
The goal of the workforce housing policy is to provide affordable housing to working families in Bozeman.
This is different from public or extremely subsidized forms of housing.
The workforce housing would target a family of 2 with an average median income of $55,000.
In 2012, the city set a threshold for growth at which point they would consider re-implementing the workforce housing program.
Community Development Director Wendy Thomas says with a boom in the housing market they have already hit that threshold.
Thomas says this is good for current homeowners but bad for those looking to buy- the workforce housing program could help.
"For me it's not just a housing issue for the people that are already here and want to become homeowners, it's for business owners who want to grow their business by bringing in new employees," said Thomas. "It's just beginning to start to prove to be a little bit challenging."
The Legends at Bridger Creek subdivision is a prime example of the Bozeman housing boom.
After years of no construction, officials will be seeking to re-activate a permit to continue the subdivision.