City Council OKs higher-density development on church land

Zoning to allow for higher-density housing on the 4.7-acre property that’s home to Blessed Trinity church and a community garden was approved Monday by the Missoula City Council.

Blessed Trinity plans to sell excess land at the 1475 Eaton St. property to a developer who, with the approval of the rezoning ordinance, will be able to build additional housing.

Nick Kaufman, a land-use planner with WGM Group who represented the church at the meeting, said the plan involves a combination of condominiums and apartments, with a total of about 40 units.

“The vision for the property is to provide housing for folks 55 and up, provide workforce housing,” Kaufman said.

The approval of the rezoning ordinance increases the density from a maximum of 16 dwelling units per acre to 43 dwelling units, and increases the total units permitted from 75 units to 205. It also increases the maximum allowable height from a maximum of 35 feet, to 45 feet.

Blessed Trinity church will continue to operate at the same location and relocate the community garden to another portion of the property. Kaufman said the developer will not build the

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