A pair of Helena business people plans to bring what they invoice as the city’s to start with boutique lodge to the site of the prolonged-shuttered Memorial Park Flats on Lyndale Avenue.  

Karli Mosey and AshLy Tubbs have fostered a significant business and individual romance, beforehand developing a membership-primarily based present box company that they mentioned has offered them the braveness to reach bigger.

That better access is a proposed 12-space luxurious resort with a mid-century modern aesthetic that could provide Helena-centric holiday vacation deals and neighborhood modest organization-supplied amenities.

“We want to obtain resourceful approaches to present persons the very best of Helena, from the coffee in their mugs to the shampoo in the showers,” Tubbs reported Tuesday.

AshLy Tubbs, left, and Karli Mosey, pair of Helena business people have proposed building a 12-home boutique lodge on the site of the now shuttered Memorial Park Flats.

Mosey in-depth the project’s early plans all through a pre-software meeting Monday afternoon with the metropolis of Helena Setting up Division.

The hope is to start off asbestos abatement and demolition of the existing construction as early as this spring.

In addition to the resort, Moser and Tubbs said they hope to deliver in a next company to work on the property. They are gauging fascination from a few unique local firms.


Buck Rea obtained the house from his family in 2000 and ran it as the 35-unit Memorial Park Apartments just before its closure in 2017.

The resort will be named “The Bell, Helena’s Boutique Hotel,” a nod to a previous enterprise situated there at 40 E. Lyndale Ave.

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Originally known as Treasure Condition Courtroom when it was built in the 1930s, the modest inn underwent additional than a couple transitions about the many years. According to helenahistory.org, W. L. Bompart purchased and renovated the home in 1952, offering it the moniker the Bell Motel.

A 1961 ad lauded the property’s 45 models and proximity to the Memorial Park playground and public swimming pool. “Magnificence Store IN Relationship,” the advert browse, identical to the site’s most current strategies.

The pair’s before organization enterprise, Local community Crates, started in the course of the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to convey collectively area firms, offering an substitute resource of revenue to those struggling to drum up in-person consumers.

“We see this as a way to broaden and broaden that primary plan,” Mosey explained in an job interview Tuesday. “The lodge is a larger chance to really encourage assist of local compact enterprises.”

She instructed the metropolis arranging division Monday the task would “employ close by features and boost stays in downtown Helena, funneling tourists straight into smaller organizations in our neighborhood.”


“I am seeking to facilitate anything at all to boost the residence,” explained Buck Rea, who owns the shuttered Memorial Park Residences. 

Tubbs explained she hopes the new organization will honor the history of Helena as modest reimbursement for the many years of aid she and her mate Mosey have gained from the community in their private and professional lives.

“There is so much that Helena has to supply that we won’t be able to aid but shout it from the rooftops,” Tubbs stated.

Buck Rea, who obtained the assets from his loved ones in 2000 and ran it as the 35-device Memorial Park Flats in advance of its closure in 2017 thanks to highly-priced required fire sprinkler program repairs, will retain possession of the assets and lease the land.

“Talking to people today citywide, everyone is seriously seeking some thing to occur down there other than what is actually taking place right now,” Rea explained to the metropolis setting up division. “I am striving to aid nearly anything to enhance the house.”

The duo is in the “dreaming and preparing stage” as Tubbs put it and “a lot of moving sections want to tumble into area.”

Town personnel delivered added info as to what would will need to occur from their point of view for the challenge to move forward.

Since of the property’s modify in use, a new technique permit would have to be attained from Montana Section of Transportation as Lyndale Avenue will make up a part of Freeway 12.

The property sits in what is now zoned as a downtown district, which needs a structural height minimal of 22 toes, a relatively new code intended to really encourage development of blended-use structures.

With preliminary internet site plans detailing a shorter composition, they would require to implement for a variance or rezoning.

A water main extension could also be needed as the web page now has no direct obtain.

Demolition will have to have a different city allow, and the asbestos abatement will want to go by way of the Montana Division of Environmental Excellent.

As the property falls inside of the city’s Railroad City Renewal District, the enterprise partners intend to use for tax increment financing money from the town to assistance offset development costs.

Despite all the crimson tape, Tubbs stated they are up to the process.

“Group Crates taught Karli and I that we can do whichever we put our minds to,” she said. “That was a large lesson we learned, to arrive at greater.”

By Amalia