Construction to begin on massive Missoula Northside housing project

A formerly polluted Superfund industrial site on Missoula’s Northside will soon be home to the largest collection of income-restricted Community Land Trust dwellings in the city’s history.

On Thursday, city leaders, developers and other partners on the Scott Street-Ravara Development project held a groundbreaking ceremony for what will become more than 300 housing units and approximately 35,000 square feet of commercial space. Construction is set to begin later this month, with the first homes coming online in 2025.

The 9-acre property, just off Scott Street north of the train tracks, has sat vacant for many years. It was once home to the White Pine Sash wood treatment facility and the pollution from that business had to be cleaned up to residential standards.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Ravara Northside project was held on Thursday, March 14.

David Erickson

Former Missoula City Council members Bryan von Lossberg and Heidi West, both Northside residents, said the project is the culmination of years of hard work.

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