Montana Hotel Gains New Life as Efficient Housing

January/February 2005
This article originally appeared in the January/February 2005 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 01, 2005
              The Acme Hotel in downtown Billings, Montana, which was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, has been renovated into a 19-unit multifamily housing complex for low-income families. The studio, single, or two-bedroom apartments will rent for between $300 and $500 a month, including utilities.         The hotel has been renovated by the nonprofit group homeWORD, which uses innovative and sustainable methods to create housing in Montana.“We love putting tax credits and sustainable and affordable housing together to make great things,” says Heather McMilin, homeWORD’s project manager. “Reusing an old building is the best way of recycling. It all meshes together with our mission.”         Built in 1911, the Acme building has been used as a theater, bar, hotel, and retail site, but it has been vacant for the last two decades. In its current incarnation, the building houses 19 households that earn 50% or less of the median income in Billings, which is approximately $35,000.         The building had its grand opening on August 31, 2004, with representatives from Rebuild America and the ...

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