Residential, Commercial Building Permits Strong in First Quarter

By Martin Kidston/Missoula Current

Development activity over the first four months of 2017 remains in line with the same period last year, with 453 building permits issued across the city of Missoula for a value of $54.9 million, city records indicate.

Unlike last year’s record, however, this year’s increase has been driven largely by an uptick in residential permits, including both single- and multi-family homes. Commercial activity remains strong, though no single large project has come up for review, though that will change in the coming months.

“We’re seeing a lot of development activity across the board, from residential to commercial to institutional,” said Mike Haynes, director of Development Services. “We’ve had a good level of development plans come through the system, just no large projects to this point. But there’s plenty on the horizon.”

In the coming months, it’s likely that several large projects will seek permits, including the Marriott Hotel planned for the old Mercantile site, and the 54-unit U-Global student housing project in the Old Sawmill District.


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