Downtown Development Projects

Downtown Missoula is experiencing another banner year in development. At the bottom are links providing more detail of business, transportation, and housing activities in the Missoula Downtown area.  Highlighted immediately below is a list of 2019 projects:

  • 1889 Steakhouse (104 N. Higgins) Corner restaurant in the new Mercantile Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel along with Zoo Thai (150 E. Front) Asian cusine, and The Camino (125 N. Pattee St.), seving authentic Mexican and Basal (114 N. Higgins Ave.) serving salad based meals and healthy smoothies.
  • Retail locations, Olive and Iron (108 N. Higgins Ave.) and Montana Scene (170 E. Front) have also taken space in the Mercantile Residence Inn.
  • Saketome Sushi (137 W. Front): In 2018 remodeled and expanded restaurant and bar featuring sushi and a glass-enclosed patio.
  • Conflux Brew Co. (212 E. Main): A new restaurant and brewery with outdoor seating and a second-story patio.
  • Mercantile Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel (101 N. Higgins): Five-story, mixed use development anchored by a 174-room hotel, completed for occupancy in 2018.
  • ROAM Student Living (301 E. Front): A 468-bed student housing mixed-use project, two floors of structured parking, and 6,200 square feet of ground floor retail, and four floors of residential with the first tenants moving. Now open and renting. The retail level now includes Wally and Bucks, a hamburger space, with planned pizza location and crafted chocolate outlet.
  • Old Sawmill District: This 46-acre mixed-use planned neighborhood, is offering 700 residences and 150,000 square feet of Class A office and retail space. By 2018, the neighborhood openned four high-end condominiums: Cambium Place and Polley’s Square. Cambium Place is home to a neighborhood coffee shop, Brio Fitness, and C3 Work Lounge, a coworking space. The Sawmill Grille, a neighborhood restaurant, is also planned. Learn more about living, working and playing in the Old Sawmill District.
  • The Missoula Public Library (401 East Main) commenced construction in 2018 with a projected completion in late 2020. The new public library will triple capacity, expand digital collections and computing services, provide access to video production and 3D printing, and will provide a permanent home for SpectrUM, MCAT and the Children’s Museum.
Transportation Improvements
  • Russell Street Bridge ($29 million): Construction began in spring 2018 and replaced the existing two-lane bridge with a new five-lane structure, raised bicycle lanes, and commercial-scale sidewalk. The project is slated with final completion late 2020.
  • Van Buren Street Interchange ($10.5 million):  The new interchange, completed in 2018, incorporates roundabouts at the Van Buren Street intersections immediately north and south of Interstate 90.
  • Higgins Avenue Bridge ($19.8 million): Originally constructed in 1962, the Higgins Avenue Bridge is in bidding for major rehabilitation in 2020. Updates will include a new deck and widening to add width to the sidewalks and bike lanes, bridge deck replacement, repair of the steel superstructure, powder coating luminaries, concrete barriers between motor vehicles and pedestrians/bicyclists, and a heating system for the sidewalks to ensure clear passage for pedestrians/bicyclists during winter months.
Future Development
  • The Riverfront Triangle or Fox Site is a $150-million plus development still in the planning stages. Existing partners and the City of Missoula completed the Master Development Agreement and collateral agreements and now in late 2019 an additional development and funding partner was included to move forward with the “multi-purpose civic event center” that will include parking and proposed housing, retail, food & beverage sites, and offices. Groundbreaking will likely happen summer 2020. Learn more about the future of this exciting project at
  • Front Street/Main Street Two-Way Conversion Feasibility Study: The conversion of Front and Main Streets back to two-way traffic remains an objective identified in the lastest Mater Plan. Identified as a top priority project in the 2009 Downtown Master Plan, it was seen as a means to improve overall circulation, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and economic vitality in Downtown Missoula. The study analyzed different improvement options using land use and traffic projections and develop a set of recommended alternatives that best meet the needs and objectives of the project.
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