Downtown Development Projects

Downtown Missoula is experiencing another banner year in development. Here is a list of 2018 projects slated:

  • Saketome Sushi (137 W. Front): New remodeled and expanded restaurant and bar featuring sushi and a glass-enclosed patio, slated to open in May.
  • Conflux Brew Co. (212 E. Main): New restaurant and brewery with outdoor seating and a second-story patio, scheduled to open in June.
  • Mercantile Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel (101 N. Higgins): Five-story, mixed use development anchored by a 174-room hotel, scheduled for completion in December.
  • ROAM Student Living (301 E. Front): 488-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 in this summer. Learn more about ROAM.
  • Old Sawmill District: The 46-acre mixed-use planned neighborhood, when finished, will offer 700 residences and 150,000 square feet of Class A office and retail space. In 2018, the neighborhood will feature four high-end condominiums: Cambium Place and Polley’s Square. Cambium Place will be home to a neighborhood market, Brio Fitness, and C3 Work Lounge, a coworking space. The Sawmill Grille and Lifestyle Building will break ground in 2018. Learn more about living, working and playing in the Old Sawmill District.
  • The Missoula Public Library (401 East Main) will commence construction in 2018 with a projected completion in 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 will commence spring 2018 to replace the existing two-lane bridge with a new five-lane structure, raised bicycle lanes, and commercial-scale sidewalk. The project is slated to take two years with final completion late 2019.
  • Van Buren Street Interchange ($10.5 million):  A new interchange will be completed in 2018. The Van Buren Street Interchange project will incorporate roundabouts at the Van Buren Street intersections immediately north and south of Interstate 90.
  • Higgins Avenue Bridge ($18.3 million): Originally constructed in 1962, the Higgins Avenue Bridge will undergo a 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 $200-million development still in the planning stages. Farran Group and the City of Missoula completed the Master Development Agreement and collateral agreements in 2017. The project features a 60,000-square-foot, flexible conference center, with a 10-story hotel, plus housing, retail, food & beverage and offices. Groundbreaking will likely happen towards the end of 2019. 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 was identified as a top priority project in the 2009 Downtown Master Plan and 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.