UPDATE: The Wildlands NENA Townhall, held on 5/20, with the officers of the Wildlands Development went well. We want to thank the 30 or more NENA Members that participated. We will continue to share new drawings of the development and a link to a YouTube video of the meeting in the coming days. Below is a rendering of the buildings northwest corner.
Wildlands Development: NENA Townhall
Thursday, May 20 6:00 to 7:00 PM
The Wildlands is a placemaking development that focuses on how to create expansion and diversity, while taking cues from the renowned northside neighborhood. The development is a
planned renovation and expansion of the existing Brown Building, located on the northeast corner of Peach Street and Wallace Avenue. The renovation will add community and social retail spaces and single-family residences.
The proposed project pulls precedent from the past and present of the unique historic brewery district. With the historic mills, manufacturing, distributing, and railroad, paired with single family neighborhoods; this is an area of an industrial nature coupled with high creativity and adaptation engrained in its culture.
From the primary corner, the proposed building wraps the existing Brown building, so that the proximity and scale are relative to the existing building. Breaking up the mass of the new building helps minimize the height, and using brick relates the materials back to a neighborhood scale of textures.
Pulling from distinctive characters of the neighborhood, art and a sense of storytelling is the focus for the node at the center of the project. This centerpiece is a partially covered public plaza and fireplace along Peach Street, that allows for interaction between the improved public walkways and the existing business patrons and proposed residences. It is this node that allows for a sense of community and art to interact that increases the livability of the neighborhood. The fireplace, like in most homes is the heart of the residence, as is the intent for this storied block in Bozeman.
Special care is being taken not to impact the vibrant public spaces around the existing site. The intent is to only improve on them and enhance current establishments’ opportunities and provide the community with more engaging spaces.