Bozeman City Commissioners gave the go ahead Monday night to swap land with the Montana Department of Transportation for a possible new police station.
The MDT land is a little more than eight acres at the corner of North Rouse and Oak, and currently houses their facilities. The city's plot is at Nelson and Frontage Road, and is no longer being used.
The city will now look at building a new police and courts facility on the land north of Downtown, while MDT plans to use their new land for a brand new facility.
But the trade won't be completely cut and dry. A number of things have to happen before it's official- like making sure both properties appraise at the same value.
Right now, it's possible the Rouse and Oak land will appraise for a higher amount than the other site. If that happens, the city said they've set aside $1 million to make any improvements necessary- like running water and sewer to the site- to make the two pieces of land equal so they can lock down the land swap.