City approves mixed-use building on O’Brien Ave.

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Whitefish City Council last week gave its approval for a mixed-use building to be constructed on O達rien Avenue.

The proposal, brought forth by 124 O達rien Lot LLC, calls for six residential units on the building痴 second and third floors, with two small commercial spaces on the ground floor. The lot, at 124 O達rien Avenue, is currently vacant.

During the public hearing before Council, some folks associated with buildings in the neighborhood cited concerns over a lack of parking associated with the building, while others said they don稚 see that as an issue.

Councilor Katie Williams moved to approve the application.

的 understand the concerns about impacting the neighborhood, she said. 釘ut we致e previously approved similar in the neighborhood.

A conditional use permit is required for the project because the applicant is proposing a multi-family building in excess of four dwelling units.

The plan calls for eight parking spaces on the ground floor, in a covered parking garage, to serve the residential units. No parking is required for the two commercial spaces.

Chris and Natasha Ostrom, who are developing the building, said they池e already going above the four required parking spaces to provide eight for the building.

展e want a smart development, Chris Ostrom said. 典hat痴 why we致e come off the setbacks and are providing extra parking.

The plan includes voluntary setbacks on both the sides and rear property lines. The developers also plan to widen the alley to 16 feet of travel width, they noted, because of concerns over safety.

During public comment, Mike Panissidi, owner of the nearby 2nd Street Lofts, said the parking issue is serious, noting that access to spaces in the O達rien building planned coming through the alley would be problematic in the winter because the city痴 places alley痴 as a lower priority for snow plowing. He said by allowing the building to have two extra units that would be setting a precedent for future projects in the neighborhood.

展e built Second Street Lofts with what was allowed, he said. 的 don稚 have an issue with where the building is, but it痴 too many units.

Dave Boye owns Black Diamond Mortgage, which is housed in the nearby Riverside Plaza. He disagreed that there would be an issue, saying the majority of the buildings being constructed in the neighborhood are a mix of residential and commercial.

典his is totally in the character of the neighborhood, he said. 典his doesn稚 concern me at all.

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