Lumber Mill Becomes Mixed-Use Development

By Chuck Harvey/Construction Equipment Guide

Old Sawmill District of Missoula, Mont., is being converted into a $125 million residential, retail and commercial development that will feature four condominium buildings under the name Polleys Square, and a mixed-use building offering high-end apartments for rent called Cambium Place.

Future development in the 46-acre district is expected to bring total construction costs to $250 million at build-out.

Additional projects include a 55-unit student housing development called UGlobal, a 150-unit 55-plus active living and learning community and retail and office construction.

A parking garage is being discussed adjacent to Ogren Park Allegiance Field. In addition, the developer is in negotiations with restaurant and brewery operators.

The name, Old Sawmill District, draws on a lumber mill that once operated there. Its founder, Edgar Polleys, opened Polleys Lumber Company in 1910 and ran it through 1955 when it was sold.

Two of the Polley Square condominium buildings have been completed. Crews finished Polleys Square building A in August of 2016 and B in January of this year.

Along with condos, building A has two commercial spaces.

Polleys Square Units C and D are currently under construction and are scheduled to open in 2018. There will be a total of 73 condos when all four buildings are completed.

Cambium Place, a mixed-use building with a neighborhood market, fitness center, office space, underground parking and 65 apartments is currently under construction. It will stand just west of the Polleys Square condominium cluster south of Wyoming Street. Completion is slated for June 2018.

Polleys Square will stand three- and four-stories tall. Cambium Place is a four-story building.

“Cambium Place is a separate project from Polleys Square, but is being built by the same developers,” said Linnea Stanhope, a spokeswoman of Old Sawmill District.

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