A big game of Tetris is taking shape downtown, as Missoula County and the city of Missoula prepare to consolidate many government services in the historic, currently vacant former federal building at 200 E. Broadway as soon as 2026.
The move will allow both governments to free up aging buildings downtown that they currently occupy, such as the current City Hall building, to be sold to developers and presumably redeveloped for other uses.
The city of Missoula and Missoula County are preparing to consolidate most government services into the historic, currently vacant former federal building at 200 E. Broadway.
BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian
On Monday, the city and the county held a dedication and naming event for the facility to be renamed in honor of late Missoula mayor John Engen, the longest-serving mayor in Missoula history.
A crowd gathered in a large room in the building to hear speakers who recalled Engen’s commitment to downtown Missoula’s prosperity.
The building will now be called the John Engen Local Government Building. Or for those who are inclined toward brevity, simply the Engen Building.