Bozeman commissioners OK $7.5 million for sports park complex


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Bozeman City Commissioners gave the OK on allocating $7.5 million from the Trails, Open Space and Parks Bond for a new sports complex -- but with a few catches.

The park would be located on approximately 80 acres of land east of Flanders Mill Road, between Baxter Lane and Oak Street on the northwest side of town.

Commissioners made amendments to their motion, like creating payback districts for road construction around the Bozeman Sports Park- except when it comes to Cottonwood Road.

Right now, the only road that's built that borders the land is Baxter Lane. Flanders Mill Road, Oak Street and Cottonwood would all need to be extended out to border the property.

Mayor Jeff Krauss explained the payback districts mean the city will get the money back they invest in road construction, from developers who build along those roads in the future.

As far as Cottonwood Road, he said they hope to fund that project down the line from the money they get from the payback districts.

There's also the possibility the city will have to pay $347,000 to relocate a creek that borders the property on the east side where Flanders Mill Road would be built.

Mayor Jeff Krauss said money is set aside for that. If the city doesn't have to shell it out, they'll allocate it toward the construction of Cottonwood Road.

The Bozeman Soccer Education Foundation and the Gallatin Valley Lacrosse League came up with the sports park proposal.

The project will cost more than just the $7.5 million from the parks and trails bond, so commissioners requested those groups fund raise about $1 million more to fund the complex.

The project leaves less than a million dollars to be allocated from the Trails, Open Space and Parks Bond. When complete, it would have 22 fields and an indoor facility.

Also on Monday night, Bozeman commissioners unanimously approved a plan to help fund street repairs along a section of Story Street.

The total cost of the project would be over $600,000, split 50-50 with property owners who live between Church and Tracy.

The city wants to create a special tax district to collect the property owners' portion.

The average cost per property owner would be about $5,100 dollars financed over 20 years, or about $300 per resident, per year.

Commissioners were also set to vote Monday on the sale of the North Park Property, formerly Mandeville Farm, on the north side of town to Micropolitan Enterprises and Powder River Company.

That discussion and vote has been pushed back to a later date.

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