Building activity on North Reserve Street in Missoula continues at an even pace, with a new hotel under construction, along with a mattress store and a Chipotle Mexican Grill.
On the other end of town, crews have also broken ground on two new restaurants in the South Crossing development, including a Noodles & Company and Jimmy Johns.
Don Verrue, assistant director of development services with the city, confirmed that a My Place Hotel is under construction off Interstate 90 and North Reserve.
The new company lists hotels in 14 locations, primarily in North and South Dakota. It also lists properties in Billings and Bozeman, and is developing property in Bend, Oregon, after opening recently in Pasco, Washington.
“It's a natural flow to build to the west there and keep a good chain going for travelers and our customers,” said Randal Bender, a franchisee who represents the owner of the new Missoula hotel. “It’s a good location there, and we’re planning to open around April 20.”
Bender said the new 64-unit hotel will employ roughly 12 people. The chain offers full-sized kitchens, a full refrigerator, a stove and a garbage disposal in every room. The extended-stay rooms come with daily, weekly and monthly rates.
“Everything the My Place company does is done in house,” Bender said. “You’ll know when you go to one property that the next will be just as clean and just as friendly.”
The three-story hotel is the second to undergo construction in the area over the past 12 months. In December, the four-story Town Place Suites by Marriott opened its 90-unit hotel about a mile away off Reserve Street.
Work is also underway on a building that will soon house the Chipotle Mexican Grill and Mattress Firm. The two businesses will occupy the lot that was formerly home to Chalet Jewelers at 2995 N. Reserve St.
A Chipotle representative said the restaurant expects to open this summer.
Across town at the South Crossing development, Kohl’s is expected to open soon, along with City Brew Coffee. Both stores have advertised for positions, and a MacKenzie River Pizza Co. is under construction nearby.
Crews also broke ground last week on the final lot in the original South Crossing project. The Woodbury Corp. has said that Noodles & Company and Jimmy Johns will occupy the building.
The city’s Development Services believes 2015 will be a banner year for construction in Missoula, with an estimated $190 million wrapped up in a few major projects, including a new Missoula College and a seven-story Stockman Bank to be built on the corner of Orange Street and West Broadway.
Developers behind the proposed Fox Hotel and convention center project have also said they’re making headway. They expect to announce their plans once a nondisclosure agreement expires early this year, they said.
“We’ve got a lot in the mill right now, but nothing I can reveal yet,” Verrue said.