The EBURD is a Tax Increment Finance District (TIFD). Increment funds may be accessed for public infrastructure projects that meet State statute requirements. To apply for or discuss potential use of EBURD TIFD funds, contact the advisory board, the Billings Industrial Revitalization District, whose president is Marty Connell, 406-252-4745.
Within the EBURD, the City has adopted a Parking Overlay District. Within the District, parking requirements are relaxed compared to the rest of the City. Parking requirements are similar to those in the Central Business District; there is NO requirement for 1 parking space per 3,000 square feet of office space. For more on the parking overlay district, contact Nicole Cromwell in Planning-Zoning: 406-247-8662.
Currently, the City is developing a hybrid “form-based code”(EBURD Code) to replace the existing zoning codes (per recommendation of the Master Plan). Form-based code allows for mixed-use projects and has more flexibility than traditional zoning codes. For more on the form-based code project, contact Candi Beaudry, Director of Planning & Community Services: 406-657-8249.
Recently, two of the interior streets within the EBURD were converted to two-way traffic (instead of one-way traffic). Both 2nd Avenue North and 3rd Avenue North, beginning at North 13th Street and extending west to North 22nd Street, now allow two-way travel. This project is at the request of the property owners, to provide easier access to their business enterprises. The project engineer for the conversion is Mr. Erin Claunch, P.E., 406-657-8242.
According to a cluster analysis conducted by the Montana Department of Commerce concerning existing businesses in the EBURD, among the potential services that seem conducive to the area are: schools, preschools or daycare, churches, consumers services (non-tangible goods), grocery or food sales, more finance, more parks or public recreational space, more government offices or buildings, lodging and entertainment. In fact, the EBURD's ongoing revitalization is evident in new construction, remodeling and renovations, and relocations into the EBURD, for example:
Remodeling and Renovations
Red Oxx Manufacturing’s refurbishment of an older structure at 1123 Second Avenue North to add production space
Kairos Development spent $3.5 million remodeling the former Pierce Packing Plant along First Avenue North
Billings Marble & Granite remodeled its space
Rocky Mountain Professional Building with Turley Dental offices
Billings Food Bank on Fourth Avenue North
First Interstate Bank’s Operations Center on Sixth Avenue North
O’Reilly Auto Parts completed a new building
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore moved into the former Denny Menholdt building at 1617 1st Avenue North (ReStore is a unique business that recycles building materials and supplies by reselling donated items and contributing the "profits" to Habitat for Humanity.)
Little Vegas Thrift Store moved into the former site of Witt's Saddlery at 1148 1st Avenue North.
Big Brothers Big Sisters relocated from 504 North 20th to 2123 2nd Avenue North.
Header Photograph: EBURD Aerial © Courtesy of Marty Connell, President, Billings Industrial Revitalization District