Missoula board approves money to help build 39-unit Northside apartment building

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A rendering of what the Otis Apartments will look like.

David Erickson David Erickson

The board of a city agency recently voted to commit public funds to clean up a property in Missoula’s Northside neighborhood in order to facilitate the construction of new housing.

On Aug. 19, the Missoula Redevelopment Agency’s board unanimously approved spending $315,000 in tax increment financing for site clearing and infrastructure improvements at 1600 Otis Street to make way for a new 39-unit apartment building.

The project is being led by Missoula developer Bruno Friia, who retired as CEO of ERA Lambros Real Estate in 2016.

The site he’s developing is occupied by an abandoned house. The $315,000 will help pay for demolition and deconstruction of the existing structure along with an extension of the curb, gutter, street and sidewalks. The money will also pay for water and sewer main extensions along with landscaping.

“The public benefit will include removal of dilapidated structures and installation of public utilities that facilitate smart growth in this part of the

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