A Missoula developer and a handful of his tenants showed up this week to the City Council Chambers in support of the company’s decision to redevelop a controversial set of properties on Front Street near the Missoula Public Library.
“We have a property on Front Street that has been a very contentious project,” said Matt Sullivan, who runs MCMB Property Management with his wife, Caroline McCauley.
The properties at 401 and 333 East Front Street started generating interest in May when the property owners sought city approval for an easement through Kiwanis Park that would’ve paved the way for higher-density development on the site.
The plans caused a stir among residents of the two homes, their supporters and city council members who wanted to preserve the naturally affordable residences in question.
“If there’s anything that we can do to help slow down this process, I think it would be the most helpful thing to do as a council,” Ward 3 council member Daniel Carlino said in July.
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After weeks of debate, however, council reached a near-consensus around the fact that the governing body could do little