By David Erickson/Missoulian
The city of Missoula saw a huge surge in residential and commercial construction in the past three months, making up for a relatively sluggish start to the year and setting an unprecedented six-month pace.
In the first half of 2017, the city’s Development Services office issued 789 building permits for projects with a total market value of construction of $130.8 million. At this time last year, which was a record-breaking year of growth, there had been 742 building permits worth a total of $108.3 million.
The city still has a long way to go to break last year’s record of $248.7 million worth of new construction, but it could easily happen at the current rate.
The two largest residential projects were the $13 million, 213-bedroom U-Global student housing project, which was approved and broke ground recently at Old Sawmill District, and the $11.6 million, 138-unit, five-building multifamily housing project called Halling Farms Apartments on West Mullan Road.
The U-Global project will consist of roughly 52 units of pod-style apartments, each with four bedrooms with private bathrooms, a common living area, kitchen and washer and dryer. There’ll be underground parking, an outdoor courtyard space and a fourth-floor clubhouse style social room that walks out onto a rooftop deck.
Other big projects included the $3 million, 16-unit Polley’s Square Building D condos, a $2.7 million multifamily apartment building on Hickory Street and a new $3.6 million Garden City Plumbing and Heating headquarters on Flynn Lane.
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