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Plans moving forward for new Missoula College

Published On: Nov 14 2013 10:26:39 PM MST   Updated On: Nov 14 2013 10:44:08 PM MST
Plans moving forward for new Missoula College

Architects met with the public Thursday evening to discuss plans to build a new Missoula College on East Broadway.

They discussed an outline of the proposed project which includes a new four-story building with a basement.  The college would be right on the river with footbridge access to the main campus.  

The University of Montana already owns the land but they are still deciding if it meets their needs.  After all, more than 2,000 students will take classes there.  

A rough outline of the plan shows a 31,000-square-foot building on the lot between Riverside Health Care Center and MonTEC.

The new school will house 33 classrooms that can hold anywhere from 30 to more than 150 students.

The architects’ main concern now is parking -- the current lot has 430 spots, and Montana Rail Link has agreed to lease the land just south of the train tracks for an additional 120 spots.

Then the problem becomes how to safely get students across East Broadway to the campus.  Above all, architects say plans are still being worked on.

“There’ll be a lot of bicycle parking because probably a lot will be coming easily from the mountain campus on bikes,” says lead architect Mark Headley.  “Of course we'll keep the bus stop there, so there will be a bus that runs from the main campus to this particular stop probably around every 15 minutes.”

An environmental assessment is underway and is expected to be completed by February.  Architects tell us once it's finished they will know whether the location will house the new Missoula College.

If you would like to review the full project plans, click here.