The Sawmill Before The Condos

by Travis Mateer

I bought an image at the antique mall the other day because I wanted a visual reminder about the history being paved over with Polly Square and other development happening around the baseball stadium.

Upstream of the swimming pool sits the building where the Missoulian newspaper magic was made. That structure–appraised at 8.58 million–has a “serious buyer” and the property will, if everything goes as planned, close in spring.

I’ll make the prediction now: condos.

With change-change-changes continuing in Zoom Town, I’d like to highlight a quote from our Mayor from five years ago regarding development on East Broadway:

“The East Broadway corridor will be unrecognizable a decade from now,” Engen said. “We have a renaissance, as it were, in south Missoula happening around what formerly was the K-mart store. Urban renewal districts are the single most effective economic tool available to cities in Montana.”

How’s that renaissance going, Missoula?

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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