Permit submitted to demolish historic brewery wall


BOZEMAN, Mont. - A piece of Bozeman history recently deemed unsafe to the community will soon be torn down. It is the latest development on the historic Lehrkind Brewery wall that stands on N. Wallace Avenue near the corner of Tamarack.

In 2007, a company demolished every wall but the one that still stands today. When the economy slumped, rehabilitation plans fell through and they asked to demolish the rest of the structure.

But in 2011 Bozeman City Commissioners denied the request saying the applicants did not have a good enough reason to tear it down.

Fast forward to 2014, and the city brought in an engineering firm which determined the wall is not structurally sound.

According to Bozeman's Chief Building Official Bob Risk, demolition could begin as early as next week on the old Bozeman brewery wall. The company that owns the wall is Scala Properties. We traced them back to Washington, D.C. According to Risk the company applied for the permit to demolish the wall on Tuesday.

Risk tells us his deadline for the wall to be demolished is April 18. He says the wall is a public safety hazard, so he'll feel relieved when the project is complete.

We called Scala Properties but could not reach anyone for comment. We will continue to keep you posted on the demolition of the brewery wall.

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