Sx͏ʷtpqyen apartment project raises affordability, location concerns

Concerns linger over a large subdivision in Missoula’s Sx͏ʷtpqyen neighborhood following the Missoula Consolidated Planning Board’s unanimous vote to recommend approval of the project Tuesday night.

Icon Apartment Homes at Dougherty Ranch would contain 614 units divided among 101 lots located on 44 acres near Hellgate Elementary School. While most agree on the need for more housing in the area, local leaders and Planning Board members alike questioned how it might affect the school’s capacity, the nearby airport and local housing market pressures with the project from Bozeman developer Braxton Development LLC.

This map demonstrates the proposed location of Icon Apartment Homes. All of the residential units would be marketed as rental properties. 


One of the problems foreseen is the school impact from the 614 units that could be added to the district. According to Dave DeGrandpre, the city’s planning supervisor, 1,000 homes are already planned for the area around Hellgate Elementary. DeGrandpre said this issue is still being investigated.

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