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Crow Innovation Center

Plenty Doors Community Development Corporation (Plenty Doors), as a member of the Mountain Plains Regional Native CDFI Coalition, was awarded a Grant through the EDA Build Back Better Regional Challenge.  The purpose of the Grant is to execute the design, engineering, and construction of certain physical infrastructure.  

 

The Crow Innovation Center will be a multi-use facility that will incubate businesses, provide office space, and meeting/training spaces for Plenty Doors CDC and other organizations and space for community members to gather.  In addition, the building will to the greatest extent possible rely on renewable, sustainable, and affordable energy sources, as well as utilize rainwater, water runoff, and water re-use for water source.  

The Crow Innovation Center will be located across two adjacent properties in Crow Agency, Montana.  Lot 1 is located at the corner of Makawasha Avenue and South Bala Street in the current location of the “Old Crow Mercantile” building.  Lot 2 is located adjacent along South Bala Street with only an alley way in between the two lots.  

 

The Design has been developed in an interactive process with Plenty Doors staff, Board of Directors, future tenants, and community stakeholders. The design is intended to honor and celebrate Apsáalooke culture and provide an environment that uplifts and strengthens current and emerging Crow businesses and economies. The project is estimated to start construction in mid-2024 with completion in early-2026.

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Lot 2 – Phase 1 Building – Additional Information

Phase 1 is a two-story building totaling 7,922 SF designed to accommodate retail tenants, office space, workforce training, and/or other small commercial enterprises in the Group B occupancy classification. The building is type V-B construction with wood framing for walls, floors, and roof assembly. The building envelope is highly insulated, and the design maximizes daylighting to the greatest extent possible with a sawtooth roof design to maximize roof area for both skylights and a solar PV array. The building will receive new heating, cooling, and electrical systems designed for high-efficiency, sustainable, low-maintenance operation. The exterior will feature fiber cement and/or metal siding, punched glass openings with both fixed and operable windows, and shutters designed into the facade to protect the glazing. Site improvements include development of a new sidewalk adjacent to the building, on-site stormwater management, a pervious paved outdoor patio, and landscaping to feature xeriscaping and native and edible plants. Please keep in mind that we are in the design phase, so this is subject to change.

Planned Construction Date

Start Mid 2024.

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Lot 1 – Phase 2 Building – Additional Information

Phase 2 is a two-story building totaling 7,141 SF and the program includes a community kitchen, open market hall, coffee shop, and a work-sharing office. The building is type V-B construction with wood framing for walls, floors, and roof assembly. The building envelope is highly insulated, and the design maximizes daylighting to the greatest extent possible with a sawtooth roof design to maximize roof area for both skylights and a solar PV array. The building will have a radiantly heated and cooled concrete slab. The exterior will feature fiber cement and/or metal siding, punched glass openings with both fixed and operable windows, and shutters designed into the facade to protect the glazing. Site improvements include development of new a new sidewalk adjacent to the building, on-site stormwater management, and minimal landscaping. Please keep in mind that we are in the design phase, so this is subject to change.

Planned Construction Date

Start after Phase 1 is completed.

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