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UM releases Missoula College assessment, seeks public comment

UM releases Missoula College assessment, seeks public comment

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The University of Montana on Thursday ended its review of a draft environmental assessment for Missoula College and opened the process to public comment.

The study, completed by JBR Environmental Consultants, studied the proposed East Broadway project for impacts to the Clark Fork River, area traffic, parking and other details.

Early plans call for 430 parking spaces at the college, with an additional 240 spots located across East Broadway on a railroad right-of-way. Another 40 spots would be shared with MonTEC, which is located next door.

UM President Royce Engstrom said the project has generated a great amount of public interest, and the school is now looking for public comment.

Comments will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 21.

The four-story building, complete with a walkout basement, includes a footprint of roughly 31,000 square feet. Once fully built, the college would contain roughly 155,000 square feet.

Engstrom expects the project to break ground in late summer or early fall. The environmental assessment can be viewed at umt.edu/buildmissoulacollege.

Comments can be sent to slauer@jbrenv.com, or by mail to Project Manager Stephanie Lauer, JBR Environmental Consultants Inc., P.O. Box 7875, Missoula, MT 59807.

Reporter Martin Kidston can be reached at 523-5260, or at martin.kidston@missoulian.com.

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