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UM Now Considering Two Locations for Missoula College

May. 16, 2013

MISSOULA – University of Montana administrators are considering two sites for the new Missoula College building, President Royce C. Engstrom announced Thursday, May 16.

In addition to the South Campus site, the University will consider a location on University-owned property across the Clark Fork River, he said. The East Broadway property is immediately east of UM’s Montana Technology Enterprise Center (MonTEC) facility on a seven-acre parcel of land.

“We believe this site has similar attributes to the South Campus site,” Engstrom said.

He noted it includes space for a building and adequate parking, service by existing bus routes and connectivity to infrastructure such as water, sewer and power. The East Broadway location, like the South Campus site, also satisfies the conditions of developing on University-owned land in close proximity to the central Mountain Campus, he said.

South Campus remains a viable option for the new Missoula College building.

“As we move forward, consideration of both the South Campus location and the East Broadway location will proceed,” Engstrom said.

This spring the Montana Legislature appropriated $29 million to fund a new Missoula College building, with a required match of $3 million. On May 6, Gov. Steve Bullock signed into law legislation that will move Missoula College construction forward. Since that time, the commissioner of higher education and the University have discussed the siting of the Missoula College.

UM’s Facilities Services department will oversee a feasibility study of the East Broadway site and will share that information in public forums.

“All along, the University has worked to involve the public in considering best options for a new Missoula College building that will best serve the community and our students,” Engstrom said. “We will continue to do so as we move forward with this project.”

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