The Great Falls Development Authority has released its assessment of housing market demand.
The assessment, conducted by the Concorde Group, projected that there would be demand for about 450 new housing units annually in Cascade County over the next 10 years.
Based on the expected split between owners and tenants, the assessment predicted that it would split into the need for 190 new rental units and 250 new sales/new ownership units annually over the next decade across income levels.
[READ: The full housing market demand assessment]
The former discount pharmacy at 601 10th Ave. is being redesigned. S. to a casino, according to plans approved by the city planning office.
A permit was issued on December 16 for the Crown Room Casino which will include backfill construction in former traffic areas, according to plans.
The project cost is estimated at $100,000, according to the permit application.
Business bites: the new Starbucks website; thrift store closings; Rainbow International opening in new location; The new location of the first command; Falls Print Works moved; up to 12 days after giveaway; initiation of merger; opening of a new branch of the Citizens Alliance; Malone’s nomination in the National Assembly
The Wild Hare, in the space that currently operates the Lobby Bar at 518 Central Ave. , plans to open in March.
Matt Robb, one of the partners, said Harvest Craft Kitchen will serve food in the space.
Matt Black, chef at Harvest Craft Kitchen, said he will also continue to operate his current location at 220 Central Ave.
Family Promise Shelter
Family Promise opened a new shelter on February 7.
The new shelter is called Promise Place and is a duplex that serves as a temporary shelter for up to two families in need of a home. While they are at the shelter, each family will make a plan to end homelessness with the help of the staff, according to the agency.
Downtown church, business, and city are at odds over handling of homeless residents
“Having at least two families safe now is the first step in providing shelter that gives families some breathing room to address all the issues that have caused them to be in this situation. We hope that by providing the shelter we will be able to Helping families focus on getting the help they need to find a stable home.”
Previously, local churches hosted families which required families to move to a different host church on a weekly basis. According to the agency, the rotational shelter model is not sustainable knowing that COVID safety and construction protocols need to be considered.
Business Bites: The Commons on Central is coming to former JJs bakery; Progress in Wild Hare Regeneration; Issuance of a trial permit for the former China buffet; Studio Barre celebrates its third anniversary; Cassiopeia hosts events; Continuing expansion of the high line climb; NWGF Acquires More Land
Going forward, a fixed-site shelter such as Promise Place is more suitable for families and volunteers in that families do not have to move weekly and volunteers rather than expend their energy hosting families in their churches and relocating them can now focus on providing hospitality, orientation and meals according to the agency.
“We strive to provide everything the family requires to get back on their feet, whether it’s to help find a job or save for a down payment on their first home,” Yttori said in a statement.
Family Promise will also continue services currently offered: eviction prevention, owner mediation, emergency shelter in hotels, emergency food and shuttle transportation, according to the agency.
Business bites: Malmstrom facility completed; Providence University enrollment up; NorthWestern Energy issues commemorative book; Paris Square Gibson Opens New Gallery; LOVE Hosting a Murder Occult Fundraiser; Coffee Passports raised money for Toby’s House and CASA CAN; Expansion of the Surgical Center at Great Falls Clinic; GFCMSU Joins the Cyber Security Consortium
The Day Center, located at Central Christian Church, 1019 Central Ave., will continue. It also provides laundry and showers as well as computers to complete school assignments, work requests, and housing.
The Family Promise relies on voluntary services to help families. Those interested in working at the day center, serving meals at Promise Place Shelter, or making a donation should call 406-564-5267 or visit the website.
Great Falls Public Schools hosts the AA Orchestra Festival February 7-8 with concerts at 7 p.m. on both days in the Great Falls High School Auditorium. Submission is free.
An orchestra from Helena High and Helena Capital will be joining music students from CM Russell and Great Falls High at the event. Students will rehearse for two days in full orchestral formations with conductors Luis Milan of the University of Montana and Jeremy Wolstenholm of Northview High School in Georgia.
Monday night’s concert will feature individual orchestras as they play the anthologies for each other and Tuesday will see group orchestras under the supervision of guest conductors.
Central Catholic Scholarship
Graduate Tom Hessler and his wife Mary Jane donated $250,000 to the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana to launch the new Tom and Mary Jane Family Scholarships.
Hessler graduated in 1961 from Great Falls Central Catholic High School. He met his future wife, Mary Jane, when he was a student there, and several of his brothers attended Central as well, according to a statement.
The Heisler’s has owned many different businesses in Great Falls over the past 52 years and attributes much of their success to the education and support they received as students at Central, according to the statement.
“The Heislers invite others—particularly those who are well-attended at Central—to join them in supporting this endowment. The goal is to enable students whose families would otherwise not be able to afford tuition to secure an excellent Catholic education for high school students,” according to a press release.
For more information, contact Wes Ross, Director of Applications for Great Falls Central Catholic High School, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 216-3344 ext. 104.
M’Lynda Elliott’s Training
M’Lynda Elliot works with high-achieving women who no longer find fulfillment in their lives.
“If you’re struggling to find happiness in these tough times, maybe coaching is for you. I can teach you the tools and techniques to manage your mind and create the results you want. If it’s about improving relationships, setting and achieving goals, or just feeling better, let’s make time to find out. How training can get you where you want to go,” according to Elliott.
They are accepting new clients and a free consultation can be booked by emailing them at email@example.com.
You can find her on Instagram at mlyndaelliottcoaching or her website.
The city issued a permit for the building located at 3360 10th Ave. S. for window replacement and tenant improvement package for the west part of the building for AWARE Inc.
The cost of the project is estimated at about 350 thousand dollars, according to the permit request.
Montana Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians
The Montana Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians purchased the former Access Gym at 715 13th Ave. S.
Business bites: JJs Bakery closing; Little Shell office renovation; GFPS Pre-Vocational Training Program; Daydream boutique is online only; Change ownership of the confrontation
According to the tribe, they plan to reopen the facility and operate it as a health/fitness center.
Renovation work has stopped at 427 Central Ave. On the corner of Fifth Street and Central Avenue.
The city has agreed to a conditional use permit for the Calvary Chapel of Cascade County to renovate the space and use it as a worship facility.
City committee approves downtown church permit; Removes distance requirements for selling alcohol from churches
The permit was valid for a year and expired and the church never applied for a building permit to operate. Since the permit has expired, the church will have to apply for another permit and the city planning office said they have not indicated any plans to do so.
The approval of the church has also caused some concern for downtown business owners due to a state law that restricts the sale of alcohol in workplaces within 600 feet of the church.
To adapt to this conflict in the downtown area, city commissioners approved an ordinance to remove this restriction in city zoning areas where the sale of alcohol and churches were already allowed. The change did not affect the distance requirements for selling alcohol from schools or anything related to casinos.