Missoula approves rezone in Westside neighborhood, pushes back sound ordinance decision

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Abandoned mobile homes on Defoe Street are surrounded with chain link fence following evictions to make room for an apartment complex. On Monday, City Council approved a rezone of the area.

BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian Jordan Hansen

The Missoula City Council approved a rezone request for a half block in the Westside neighborhood on Monday.

Developers at the site sought to tear down eight trailer homes and two houses on the property. Three units on the site, which is owned by Westside Villages LLC, are still occupied.

Housing for one tenant was found on another property owned by Westside Villages, the landowners said.

Chryssa Velde, who is part of the ownership group, asked City Council for help finding housing for an elderly couple who are still renting on the property.

“This remaining couple, we’re really concerned about,” Velde told council. “If anyone can help house those two, that would be really good. We’re looking.”

Several community members asked council to take into account those being forced out of homes. Westside Villages extended

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