Proposal calls for mixed-use building on Central

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The former building of Lakestream Fly Shop on Central Avenue. (Heidi Desch/Whitefish Pilot)

A new mixed-use building is being proposed to be constructed on Central Avenue at the former Lakestream Fly Shop location.

The building is expected to be removed from the site to make way for a new three-story building that would include retail and commercial space on Central Avenue, as well as, residential uses in the building, according to an application with the Whitefish Planning Department.

Bill Goldberg, who owns the property, is proposing a building that would include two retail spaces and three commercial spaces on the first floor, along with two residences accessed through the alley. The second and third floors would be all residential units, with nine unit, a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom units on the second floor and three total residential units on the third floor in two- and three-bedroom size, according to the application.

The plan calls for parking in the basement for 20 vehicles. The building would have rooftop access and a small patio at the center with an area for a hot tub.

A conditional use permit is required to construct the 8,205-square-foot building because it exceeds 7,500 square feet, has more than four residential units in the WB-3 zone and Old Town Central District.

While the zoning doesn’t allow residential on the first floor, the application says that the building will have a stepped up design that will meet the city’s height and story requirements.

The city’s downtown master plan calls for multifamily housing in that area and the growth policy calls for commercial and mixed-used development on the south end of Central.

“By expanding the business presence down this block,” the applications says, “we anticipate it to have a positive benefit on other businesses in this area by having enough of a presence to bring people down this block where often they stop on the block north.”

City Council earlier this year turned down a request by Fresh Life Church to construct a mixed-use building for the church and retail spaces at the same site.

The proposal will go before the Whitefish Planning Board on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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