The colorfully painted barricade boards have come off the historic Rocky Mountain Building at Central Avenue and 6th Street.
Three longtime redevelopment partners, joined recently by a prominent Great Falls company, are prepared to launch the rebuilding of the arty 1913-1914 building that housed Public Drug and Set Free Ministries before a 2009 fire.
Construction is expected to start late this summer and take about two years, resulting in 47 upscale apartments on the upper floors and 15,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor for retail or office space, said architect Dale Nelson, a partner in Rocky Mountain Building Development Venture.
“We’ve got some pretty promising potential tenants,” he said, including business people expressing interest in a restaurant, a brew pub and a microbrewery. The separate entities are talking about working together, which might use about half the commercial space.