Mar 20, 2015
With a planned new bar and grill, car lot expansions and a possible new retail center, the Montana Sapphire development on Billings’ West End is gaining steam after a rough start.
George Warmer and Blaine Poppler of Coldwell Banker Commercial said the 65-acre property is about 60 percent full, with pending sales on two other lots.
The city’s development of the 69-acre Shiloh Conservation Area on the south end of Montana Sapphire is making the neighborhood more attractive for businesses, Poppler said. While details are being finalized, the bar will have a patio overlooking the park, and construction could begin this season, he said. The 1.8-acre lot was sold this month.
“The market was in the tank there in ’07, ’08, ’09. It’s been slow coming for us, but the market has picked up for us nicely,” Poppler said.
Formerly farmland, Montana Sapphire was first developed in 2001 by brokers Frank Golden and Gene Jorgenson. The owner is Bert Arnlund, a former Billings car dealer who now lives in Kalispell.