Written by John Plestina
The Wolf Point City Council approved a call for bids for the Wolf Point Village apartment complex construction project during a special council meeting Wednesday, July 2.
City clerk/treasurer Marlene Mahlum explained that the city is acting in a pass-through capacity with the project and the council must approve the call for bids because the city received a $750,000 HOME grant through the Montana Department of Commerce. Great Northern Development Corporation is project manager for the city.
“We’re still working on bid specs to come in from the architect on July 14,” Brianna Vine, housing specialist and marketing officer at GNDC, said.
Collaborative Design Architects of Billings is designing the complex.
Bids will be due Wednesday, July 30.
Vine said about 15 contractors have expressed an interest in the project.
She said a groundbreaking is planned for Friday, Aug. 15.
The project is funded in part by the Montana Board of Housing Low Income Housing Tax Credits. A developer loan from Western Bank of Wolf Point will pay $390,000 of the cost, while $10,000 will be a deferred developer fee.
The 24-unit rental complex, that is slated for construction at a site off Fourth Avenue North near Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus, will provide rental housing opportunities to households earning less than 60 percent of the area median income in Roosevelt County.
Plans are to build four one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom units and eight three-bedroom units. Rent will range from $354 to $767 monthly. The apartments will include energy efficient air conditioning, heating and appliances and single-car garages. The complex will include common area with a barbecue, gazebo, computer learning center and library.