Large Missoula redevelopment projects moving along behind the scenes

David Erickson

Several major development projects in Missoula are slowly but surely moving forward.

In her director’s report to the Missoula Redevelopment Agency’s board during the monthly meeting last week, Ellen Buchanan gave an update on five large projects that are all in the very early stages: the Riverfront Triangle, the Sleepy Inn, the Montana Rail Link trestle, the Scott Street area and the Midtown Master Plan.

First, board member Ruth Reineking asked if there was any update on what’s happening with the Fox Site, also known as the Riverfront Triangle, in downtown Missoula.

The large chunk of land next to the Clark Fork River just west of the Orange Street Bridge has sat undeveloped for decades, and includes a city-owned parking lot and several acres of privately owned dilapidated structures.

In April, developers Dean Bosacki and Sadek Darwiche (who lives in Jackson, Wyoming) presented the board with plans to build a hotel, an event center, housing, retail space and parking structures at the site.

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Since then, however, there has been little information and not much happening at the site. Darwiche has not responded to a request for

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