The new Temporary Safe Outdoor Space on Mullan Road is expected to become operational before winter 2022, according to a planner with the city of Missoula.
Madson Matthias with Community Planning, Development and Innovation presented plans for the new facility to the Missoula City Council Monday.
“The role of this TSOS shelter is to add to the continuum of legal shelters already present in Missoula,” Matthias explained.
The site at 2340 Mullan Road will feature 24 parking spaces and 30 temporary dwellings with up to four beds in each unit. The units are 100 square feet each with a lockable door.
There will also be an office building with four offices, two kitchens, two bedrooms with four beds each, three bathrooms, air conditioning, laundry facilities and a dining room.
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The site includes two bathrooms as well, with three bathroom stations in each including a sink, toilet and shower. One station in each restroom has a urinal and another will be ADA compliant.
On-site, there will be an additional container for storage.
“The TSOS is a safe alternative to illegal camps or having people camp in neighborhoods or