The Blue Sky Motel at 1010 E. Main St. in downtown Bozeman recently shut down after falling into disrepair. There were reports of bed bugs, asbestos, a deadly teenage overdose, and another man was found dead after having lain in one of the rooms for about a week. The motel will soon be demolished to make room for a new three-story building. I was able to walk around the motel today and take some pictures. See what the inside of the Blue Sky Motel looks like before its demise:

I spoke with local developer Sean Shahan, of Shahan Enterprises, who plans to tear down the old motel and construct a more than 40,000-square-foot, three-story building with office and residential space. He said the multi-use property will have about 5,900 square-feet of commercial property on the main floor, 16 residential spaces on the second and third floors, and a garage on site.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported four complaints filed with the Gallatin City-County Health Department against the Blue Sky Motel over the past year. Sean Hill, city health inspector, told the Chronicle:

Bed bugs were found in one room in April and a teenager died of an overdose in September while in a motel room. In October, a man was found dead in one room after having lain there for about a week.


Hill went on to say that the motel was not shut down because of health code violations, however. Regardless of why it was shut down, I'm just glad it is now being demolished. A win/win for Bozeman and our community.