RiverView Apartments

RiverView Apartments is a collaboration between Lone Mountain Land Company, Resort Tax, Big Sky Water & Sewer, and Big Sky Community Housing Trust to develop rental units at 1700 Lone Mountain Trail.


A Community Collaboration to Build a New, Affordable Housing Development

In October, Big Sky will have our last chance to convince the Montana Board of Housing that we deserve $6.7 MILLION of federal funding to build RiverView Apartments. Big Sky needs to FLOOD the MT Board of Housing’s office with letters describing the need for the project. *Including personal examples about how you or businesses you know have been impacted by Big Sky’s housing situation is most effective.*

Then, check the Box✅ Montana Board of Housing Public Meetings. Write your letter in the “Message Box”.

In January of 2021, Big Sky Community Housing Trust announced its collaboration with Lone Mountain Land Company to develop a new housing complex that will offer rental units built permanently and exclusively for local workers. This effort will continue a comprehensive, multi-year community effort to address Big Sky’s housing shortage.

With workforce housing in mind, LMLC closed on the former American Bank property and on the adjacent parcel off Lone Mountain Trail. The purchase of these two parcels marks another step in LMLC’s work to create more affordable housing for those who work in Big Sky. LMLC also recently acquired Buck’s T4, River Rock Lodge, and the Powder Light parcel next to Ace Hardware, among others, to create additional workforce housing.

“In order for the Big Sky community to thrive, it is imperative that local workers have access to quality, affordable housing,” Matt Kidd, Managing Director of CrossHarbor Capital, which oversees LMLC, said. “We are thrilled to be working in conjunction with the Big Sky Housing Trust on this large-scale initiative that will benefit the Big Sky community for years to come.”

The development of these parcels will truly be a community collaboration. At its May 18, 2021 meeting, the Big Sky’s Water and Sewer board voted to move forward with writing an ordinance to annex the RiverView property into the district. Resort Tax contribution are estimated at $2,200,000, and private funding is estimated at $45,000,000.

Annexation of RiverView Pending with Big Sky Water and Sewer District

Last year, the community voted to increase Resort Tax collections by 1% to fund the expansion of the water and sewer treatment plant. That vote also included the dedication of 500 SFEs to future workforce developments. Riverview will use approximately 100 of these dedicated SFEs.
At its June 22 meeting, the Big Sky County Water and Sewer board completed its first reading of an ordinance to annex the RiverView property into the district. The board voted to approve the ordinance with the condition that the electorate receives educational information about the project and a survey regarding annexation. Without annexation, BSCHT cannot continue the Riverview project, resulting in the loss of 100 homes that workers desperately need.

Montana Board of Housing Invites BSCHT to Apply for Federal Tax Credits

On May 25, the Montana Board of Housing invited BSCHT to apply for Low Income Housing Tax Credits to help fund its new development, RiverView Apartments. Montana Board of Housing asked eight of 14 applicants scattered across Montana to apply for $28,850,000 the state received in federal funding. On October 18, the Montana Board of Housing will award the funds to just a handful of these projects. BSCHT hopes for an award of $6,491,250 to build a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom units.

Long-Term Vision | Workforce Housing Complex

“Big Sky Community Housing Trust is pleased to be collaborating with Lone Mountain Land Company on this project that will add desperately needed housing for the workforce in our area. As a nonprofit, partnerships like this allow us to move forward with our mission of creating secure housing for the people who support this community through their employment.”

Laura Seyfang

Executive Director, BSCHT

What is a deed restriction?

A deed restriction sets legal limitations on how you can use a property. These restrictions run with the property, regardless of ownership. In the case of BSCHT’s collaboration with Lone Mountain Land Company, the deed restrictions will be the permanent prohibition of short-term rentals and the requirement that all renters must be members of Big Sky’s workforce. 

Contact Details

Office: (406) 995-3696

1700 Lone Mountain Trail
PO Box 160164
Big Sky, MT 59716

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