Missoula’s Development Services has issued building permits valued at nearly $245 million this year, with an increase in big-ticket projects and a large jump in residential construction.
Here’s a look at the top 25 building permits issued in 2016 in terms of value. Together, they represent $132.7 million in construction activity.
Located at 305 E. Front Street in downtown Missoula, the new student housing project carries a market value of $25.2 million. Launched by Lambros Farran Apartments, LLC., it includes two levels of parking, ground-floor retail and four levels of residential living with 488 beds. One level of parking will be offered for public use.
Missoula’s financial sector received a significant investment in 2016, when Stockman Bank began construction on its new six-story building. Located on the corner of Orange Street and West Broadway, the “green energy” building will include a community meeting room on the top floor and two levels of attached parking.
Construction in the Old Sawmill District near downtown Missoula gained momentum in 2016, including work on Cambium Place. The new four-story structure includes executive-style apartments with high-end amenities, underground parking and a courtyard with a fire pit and a water feature.
Located on Campus Drive by Washington Grizzly Stadium, the University of Montana’s new Grizzly Champions Center broke ground in 2016. The privately funded center received a big boost by Kyle and Kevin Washington, who committed $7 million to the project on behalf of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. The new facility will include a new football locker room and a two-level weight room.
Construction on the new dine-in theater continues the major redevelopment and expansion of Southgate Mall. The theater marks the first of several construction phases planned at and around Southgate Mall, including additional retail, a new east-west connector street and residential housing. The midtown area, including Brooks Street, is likely to undergo a major transformation over the coming years as it evolves into an urban center built around a “transit oriented corridor.”
Residential growth along Mullan Road continues with the addition of another phase of condo construction in a popular and established neighborhood. The project offers “expertly designed floor plans” that range from an open studio up to units offering two bedrooms and two-bathrooms.
With units A and B nearly finished at Polleys Square in the Old Sawmill District, construction on building C is expected to begin. The cluster of high-end condominiums will eventually include four buildings in a new urban center, located within walking distance of downtown Missoula.
While the new pedestrian bridge spanning South Reserve Street was controversial at one time, the project was well received by area residents, cyclists and runners. Once finished, it will offer easy passage over one of Missoula’s busiest streets and connect the Bitterroot Branch Trail with the new Missoula to Lolo Trail – nearly 50 miles of pathway connecting Missoula to Hamilton.
This project brings workforce housing to Missoula’s rapidly growing district west of Reserve Street. The multi-phased project, launched by Tollefson Properties, will eventually include 12 buildings totaling 330 units. The 10-acre property is generally located behind the Carmike 12 theater off Oleary Street.
Town Pump at 2100 Brooks Street
Lowell Elementary at 1200 Sherwood Street
Rasttlesnake Elementary at 1220 Pineview Drive
Halling Farms #3 at 2575 Clark Fork Lane
Halling Farms #1 at 2570 Clark Fork Lane
Apartments at 210 N. California Street
River Ridge Apartments at 2840 Santa Fe Court
Franklin Elementary 1901 S. 10th Street
Level Up LLC at 1200 Shakespeare
Paxson Elementary 101 Evans Avenue
UM Adams Center at 800 Van Buren
St. Pats Oncology at 500 W. Broadway
Apartments at 1905 Trail Street
Missoula Food Bank at 1720 Wyoming Street
Big Sky High School at 3100 S. Avenue W.