"We're going to have to start over again" he said. "When we start to see the ground breaking, we'll be looking for folks to fill the building as tenants. And that'll be an exciting moment."

He said they first have to approach the city and historic preservation agencies for the design review process, which could take a couple months.

"We'll know exactly where we stand probably by the end of the summer, which would put a building/construction period possibly starting up in the fall" he said.

He said if all goes according to plan, they could complete construction by the summer of 2014.

Pope said the new building will be energy efficient and sustainable, and he hopes it'll become an icon for Downtown Bozeman just as the Osborn Building was.

"It won't look quite the same and it will feel differently, but we hope it does respect what was here before," he said.

The Downtown explosion changed Bozeman forever. But as each business and building owner continues to recover, a gratefulness to the community emerges.

"So much love here, so much support," Sanders said, tearing up as she read letters and emails she received after the explosion. "And it continues. Thank you Bozeman."