MISSOULA – The University of Montana will host a scoping open house to inform the public about the proposed Missoula College building site and solicit comments and concerns. The open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown, located at 200 S. Pattee St. University planners will introduce and describe the proposed project at 6 p.m.
UM currently is evaluating the development of the 1205 E. Broadway site to meet the current needs of the Missoula College, to address a long-term increasing student enrollment and to ensure adequate facilities exist for MC students and faculty into the future.
A traffic and parking study, riparian resource management plan, storm water management plan and floodplain designation are underway. Additionally, UM is conducting an environmental assessment to evaluate the effects of the proposed project on the human environment and will disclose these effects, if any, to the public.
The University will solicit comments from interested parties regarding the proposed project until Dec. 2. Participants are encouraged to submit comments at the scoping open house, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via postal mail to Stephanie Lauer, Project Manager, JBR Environmental Consultants, Inc., P.O. Box 7875, Missoula, MT 59807.
UM owns the 7.2-acre site at 1205 E. Broadway. The site now has a Park-N-Ride facility and Missoula College Energy Technology Program facilities. The main project components include the construction of a four-story building with a basement and 730 parking spaces. The existing Park-N-Ride facility is planned to be relocated across East Broadway on land leased from Montana Rail Link and would include 120 parking spaces. The renewable energy facilities would be incorporated into the building project or would be relocated with the Park-N-Ride facility.
The project is detailed in the 1205 East Broadway Site Feasibility Study, which can be accessed online at http://umt.edu/buildmissoulacollege/docs/070513FS_FIN.pdf.