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Construction begins on second condo building in Old Sawmill District

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Construction is now underway for a second upscale, energy-efficient condominium building at the Old Sawmill District in the heart of Missoula

The 17-unit project will be called Polleys Square B.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held a stone's throw away four months ago on a similar project, Polleys Square A, which also has a retail space on the ground floor. The initial construction marks the beginning stages of what is eventually expected to be a massive $200 million redevelopment of a formerly blighted abandoned sawmill near the banks of the Clark Fork River.

As part of the construction, a portion of the pedestrian/bike trail south of Wyoming Street to the trail hub will be temporarily rerouted.

“These trails were established by the developers and the City when the developers gained control of the site some years ago, knowing the trails may need to be moved here and there as the site developed,” said Shane Morrissey with MMW Architects. “When completed, this particular segment of the trail will move a few feet, become wider, and we will provide lighting, resulting in a much nicer and safer trail experience there.”

Homeword, a local nonprofit, is also expected to begin construction of a 26-unit workforce housing project at the site by the end of the year. Lolo Peak Brewery is finalizing plans to begin construction early next year on a two-story brewpub and restaurant.

A 200-bed boutique student housing project called U-Global and a mixed-use retail, residential and office space project called Cambrium Place are both in the design and engineering phases. Construction on those projects should begin in the spring and summer of 2016.

Other future projects at the Old Sawmill District include a residential project for people over the age of 55 which will be affiliated with the University Lifelong Learning Center, a neighborhood inn and commercial office buildings. There will also be spaces for a neighborhood market, a fitness center and professional office suites. Developers will be looking for tenants soon. Together, these projects represent about $65 million worth of development.

Polleys Square will eventually consist of four condo buildings of 18-24 units each with a private courtyard, open floor plans, green features, outdoor decks, maximum sound protection between units, secure underground parking and secure entry.

More infrastructure will be needed before future phases can be developed, which is expected create many new jobs for the next several years.

“Quality Construction is very excited to be a part of this high-quality, energy-efficient project in the heart of Missoula,” said Flint Olsen, president of Quality Construction, the contractor hired for construction of the condo buildings.

When all is said and done, an estimated $200 million in private development money will be going into the 46-acre site, which is expected to be fully completed by 2022.

The city of Missoula has spent more than $12 million on the site so far, including the 14.5-acre Silver Park.

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