Yellowstone grain elevator receives grant, Neptune’s to move into space

Samantha Hill

An over $50,000 grant moves forward the Yellowstone Grain Elevator project while also securing a move to that location by Neptune’s Brewery.

Prospera Business Network granted the project $52,000 from the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund matching grant, one of the largest grants the organization has offered and will help ensure the building will be utilized.

Local developer Chris Salacinski bought the building last year and said he wanted to develop the property for commercial uses as well as apartment buildings while maintaining the elevator’s 20,000-square-foot exterior.

Ron Nemetz, owner of architectural firm NE45 said the grant will help the building, located on the corner of Park and K streets, move toward the schematic design phase of the project, that entails figuring out sizes for the possible 14 apartments and two commercial spaces, as well as plan for a parking lot and landscaping. Nemetz said this is the first big step in developing the property for use by mid-to-late 2018.

“This grant really validates the need for the project that we have been thinking about all along,” he said.

The grant also verifies that the area is in need of revitalization because it was considered “blight” by the city of Livingston, Nemetz said.

Neptune’s Brewery, established in Livingston in 1998, is planning to move into the building next spring, according to co-owner Jon Berens.

“We have outgrown our current building, so this gives us a chance to be more of a benefit to the community,” Berens said.

The space will double the size of the tap room and the brewing area itself and expand Neptune’s distribution capacity.

Along with Neptune’s move from L Street, Nemetz said there is another business that plans to move into the grain elevator. He declined to disclose the name at this time, but said it pairs well with a brewery.