Helena OKs zoning change for proposed 4-story apartment complex on Sanders

Nolan Lister

The Helena City Commission approved the change of a zoning district south of Custer Avenue to allow for a four-story apartment complex proposed to be built on land adjacent to WinCo Foods on Sanders Street.

The commissioners voted unanimously to amend the zoning designation from a commercial light manufacturing (CLM) district to a B-2 general commercial district, which permits the construction of taller buildings. The approval is the first passage of the required two.

The proposed four-story development would include 138 housing units.

The city’s 2019 growth policy lists the about 4.4-acre parcel as commercial under the desired future land use section of the policy.

The lot next door to the south was also rezoned at the end of 2022 to an R-4 district to allow for another high-density, 288-unit apartment complex proposed by a Utah-based developer.

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This proposal required the general business district designation because an R-4 district carries with it height limitations that a B-2 district does not.

“The proposed use of subject property will also be high-density residential, however, the developers are proposing a 4-story apartment building that would be difficult to accommodate with

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