Shortly after the Missoula City Council awarded Hotel Fox Partners the exclusive right to plan the development of the Fox Site, Missoula Mayor John Engen asked us to explore the possibility of expanding the scope of the project — and, in particular, building a much larger conference center than we had outlined in our proposal to the city.
To do so, we needed more developable land. So we reached out and ultimately entered into negotiations with St. Patrick Hospital's parent Providence Health & Services, which owns most of the remaining real estate in the Riverfront Triangle, including the old Western Montana Clinic building and parking structure immediately west of the Fox Site.
In early 2017 we purchased that property from Providence. Along the way, we also purchased the commercial property on the southwest corner of Orange and Broadway from a private owner.
On February 22, 2017, we executed a Master Development Agreement with the city of Missoula and the Missoula Redevelopment Agency. This established a formal relationship between the city and ourselves. It also outlined expectations for a set of related agreements that would ultimately provide the detailed framework for the project.
The first of those related agreements, a Land Use Agreement, was approved and executed by the city, MRA and ourselves in June 2017. That was followed, in November 2017, by the adoption of four agreements:
- Conference Center and Parking Facility Development Agreement
- Conference Center Lease / Management Agreement
- Land Disposition Agreement (Purchase Agreement)
- Parking Facility Lease Agreement
In addition to those formal agreements we have completed the following:
- Traffic Impact Study
- Parking Revenue and Expense Projections
- Parking Supply / Demand Assessment
- Phase I Environmental Site Assessment & Phase II Environmental Assessment
- Floodplain Assessments
- Utility Investigationst
- Meeting and Coordination with the Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation
- Multiple meetings with Missoula citizens, including the Missoula Community Benefits Coalition, listening to their concerns and goals for the site