By Martin Kidston / Missoula Current
A new bar and grill and lifestyle center will join the pace of construction in the Old Sawmill District this year, while a neighborhood inn and active retirement center are expected to follow next year, the developers said Thursday.
A new 218-bed student housing project is also under construction, along with the last two condominiums that marked the development’s inaugural phase.
“By the end of next summer, it will look like a completely different place,” said Leslie Wetherbee, a partner in the Sawmill development. “It’s really taking shape now and you can feel the energy from it.”
Just three years ago, the Sawmill District was little more than a vacant field, though it had been primed by the city for development.
In the coming months, Wetherbee said, the project will break ground on two additional buildings, including a lifestyle center. Several tenants have been secured for the ground floor, she said, while offices and residential are planned for the upper floors.
“We’re also in the design phases for the Sawmill Grille now, and we’ll be getting a building permit for that pretty soon,” said Wetherbee. “Our goal is to start construction for that this fall and open by this time next year.”