The transformation of the gravel pit at Belgrade’s airport interchange is about to begin.
Belgrade Planning Director Jason Karp said the city expects to issue a permit later this month for the first building to be constructed at the Yellowstone Airport Plaza. The 16,000-square-foot structure will be located at the northwest edge of the 50-plus acre site, and is the first of many planned for the multi-use complex that eventually may be home to a movie theater, bowling alley and hotel, in addition to retails shops, restaurants, and a gas station.
Once the permit is issued, construction is expected to begin this summer, according to Dan Zelson of Charter Realty and Development Corp., the project’s developer. Zelson also confirmed that more building permit applications and construction in the Plaza are expected soon.
Belgrade Liquor is among the confirmed tenants of the first building, which still has space available for lease.
Zelson said announcements about other tenants committed to locating in the park should be coming soon.
Some areas of the project already lie within Beglrade city limits, but others have yet to be annexed. The City Council approved annexation of the second phase of the Yellowstone Airport Plaza at its meeting last week.
Charter Realty proposed the new development two years ago. At the time, Zelson told city officials that with the growth of the airport, a new exit ramp off I-90 and improvements to the roads in the area, it was a natural time for the property to be developed. He said the site would bring tax dollars and jobs to the community, and prevent leakage of dollars from the city to other places.