Neighbors of the proposed One Big Sky Center are weighing in on the benefits of the $120 million project.  The plan was unveiled at a news conference before the Billings City Council on Monday.  It includes a 70,000-square-foot convention center, a 160-room hotel, downtown residences and additional retail and office space.
Financing remains the biggest hurdle, including a mix of private and public investment, some of which would come through the downtown tax-increment financing district.  Another hurdle is convincing current occupants to relinquish their property.
Sherry Daly was approached by a buyer for her Montana Vintage Clothing building at 112 N. 29th St.  At first, she said no way.  She had occupied that location for four years, and she didn’t want to end her 18-years in downtown Billings.  But the more she learned about the developers’ plans, the more she liked it, and she decided to sell.