Steady progress being made on Building 4 in the Town Center. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

No lull in sight

Development update slated for Sept. 17

A steady cadence of hammers wielded by workers and procession of construction vehicles to Big Sky demonstrate the continual march to development. According to Big Sky Chamber of Commerce CEO Candace Carr Strauss, there has not even been a hint of a lull.

“It’s still on fire, we haven't seen a halt on construction to date. The only impact from Covid is the management of the worksites and maintaining the safety of the employees,” she said.

“As a result of the unprecedented social changes we’re experiencing, Big Sky notably has seen unprecedented numbers of folks moving here,” according to Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty’s Q2 2020 Market Watch. “Buyers are out in record numbers seeking homes in our markets, while listings under contract and showings are surging over last year. If we thought it was a Seller’s market before the pandemic, it is now more than ever.”

Just to the south, Yellowstone National Park officials recently reported a 2% increase in visitors this July from last, even in the midst of a pandemic.

The wheels keep turning: BASE, Town Center Building 4, the Montage project “are all full steam ahead.” Work on Northwest Energy’s mid-mountain substation also continues, as does Phase 2 of MeadowView Condominiums. Habitat for Humanity of Gallatin Valley is pushing to have the first triplex for Big Sky School District teacher housing completed by the end of August and the next triplex dried-in for the winter. With a $23.5 million bond for school expansion and improvements approved in May, Big Sky School District will be deciding the course of action in light of going half-time.

Supply chain issues on higher end projects are an issue, Strauss noted. Still one positive she pointed-out is that bed capacity has been doubled at Big Sky Medical Center.

A kind of community development State of the Union is slated for Sept. 17. The third annual event of its kind, it will be virtual for the public this year. Strauss explained that while the event is typically in May, additional partners have been added and the event was moved to September.

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