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Billings City Council approves One Big Sky development agreement

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BILLINGS - The Billings City Council narrowly approved a development agreement with the developer of the proposed One Big Sky Development District, a key step forward for the downtown redevelopment plan.

Backers of the the One Big Sky project say it would create a master development plan for the city's downtown business corridor, including what are called catalyst projects such as a convention center or perhaps an indoor recreation facility.

The vote was 6-5 to sign the deal with Landmark Development Services, an offshoot of the Hammes Co, which had proposed a previous iteration of the project.

Voting yes were Council members Mike Yakawich, Denise Joy, Reg Gibbs, Penny Ronning, Shaun Brown and Mayor Bill Cole.

No votes were Council members Brent Cromley, Frank Ewalt, Larry Brewster, Chris Friedel and Richard Clark.

The Monday night vote was crucial for the project to take steps forward but does not guarantee One Big Sky will come to fruition.

The council heard from the Billings residents as well as organizations involved in the development project. 

Residents of Billings that spoke at the meeting unanimously were for the agreement to pass.

Council members had a slew of questions concerning the long-discussed project.

Several Billings residents and business leaders expressed support for the project and urged the council to move forward and make a major investment in the Magic City's future.

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