New building planned in downtown Whitefish

A new mixed-use building plan has emerged for a prime spot on Whitefish’s Central Avenue where the former Lakestream Fly Shop operated.

That building, an older home that was converted to commercial use decades ago, will be moved off the premises, according to an application filed with the Whitefish Planning Department. Earlier this year Fresh Life Church wanted to build a mixed-use church and retail building at that site but was turned down by the Whitefish City Council.

Now property owner Bill Goldberg is proposing a three-story building that would offer retail space fronting Central Avenue on the first floor, with two residences on the alleyway side. The second and third floors would be all residential units, with a mix of nine studio, one- and two-bedroom units on the second floor and three residential units on the third floor offering more bedrooms per unit, according to Goldberg’s application filed with the Whitefish Planning Department.

Goldberg proposes a parking garage in the basement for 20 vehicles, with elevator access.