City leaders in Missoula have finally selected a development team that will get exclusive rights to conduct public engagement and determine how to redevelop the site of the old Missoula Public Library and the entire downtown block of land upon which it sits.
On Wednesday, the city announced it has selected two companies, deChase Miksis of Boise and Edlen & Co. of Portland, to lead the decisions on what to build at the site.
An overhead view of the old Missoula Public Library building.
BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian
“The selected team and their vision for the site aligns really well with the city’s goals,” said Missoula Mayor Jordan Hess. “The team has successfully developed infill, mixed-use projects in several markets, utilizing innovative partnerships and financing strategies. Their experience and expertise developing workforce housing and a strong commitment to community and local partner engagement is a great match for the site.”
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In 2019, local businessman and philanthropist Terry Payne and his family donated the block of land, at 300