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Bozeman City Commission decides to revisit Black-Olive plans

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BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Bozeman City Commission voted Monday night to reclaim the Black-Olive project, which means they will be responsible for taking another look at the project and making a final decision, possibly by August.

HomeBase Montana originally proposed the Black-Olive complex, an estimated $13 million project, in 2016. The Bozeman City Commission denied the application, citing concern from the public that the lack of parking spaces would create an overflow of cars in the surrounding neighborhood.

After that denial, HomeBase Montana made several changes to the original design, including an increase in parking from 37 spaces to 40 spaces, a decrease in units from 56 units to 47 units and a decrease in car share spaces, from four to one.

Developer Andy Holloran told NBC Montana the new design features a step back on the top floor of the southeast corner to make the building look less intimidating from the street.

If the commission voted against reclaiming control of the development residents in the surrounding neighborhood could have been subject to fees if they enter the appeal process.

Mayor Carson Taylor told NBC Montana before the commission's meeting that it could play a role in the commission's decision.

"If it's of broad community interest, then some of us might say why would we make a person or a few people pay a filing fee for the appeal," Taylor said. "When the same thing could happen otherwise by virtue of our reclaiming it."

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