8fbd035081bd09934004bfc61d79c31c5d5d9ee4

Fort Missoula developers plan Old Post Hospital demolition

The developers of the Fort Missoula Old Post Hospital plan to demolish the historic structure after failing to get a historic preservation permit approved on the surrounding property. 

Max Wolf, the landowner, said in a statement Tuesday that the denial of the development means his company cannot afford to fix the hospital, which was built in 1911 and is in serious disrepair. 







022824-mis-nws-hospital-demolition-01.JPG

Architect David Gray, right, gives Missoula city councilors a tour of the historic Fort Missoula Hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. Developers of the Fort Missoula Old Post Hospital plan to demolish the historic structure after failing to get a historic preservation permit approved on the surrounding property.




“After 5 years and spending over $750,000 managing the property, paying taxes and fees to try and get our proposal approved, we have no choice but to move forward with the removal or demolition of the hospital,” Wolf said in a statement. “The reality is, after last week’s decision, the situation is only going to get worse.”

Wolf’s project, known as Fort Missoula Commons, would have added 16 residential structures and two commercial buildings. The developers would then use that revenue to restore the Old Post Hospital. Estimates for the restoration by the developers would cost more than $8 million.

People are also reading…







022324-mis-nws-fort-missoula-02

Max Wolf, left, owner and developer of the land at the Fort Missoula Hospital, and architect David Gray take questions from Missoula city councilors during a special hearing at city council chambers regarding the Fort Missoula Commons project on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024.




Missoula City Council ruled 7-4 last Thursday, Feb. 22, that the Missoula Historic Preservation Committee did not make an error in originally denying a permit for the project in May 2023. 

Now Wolf and his team, known as FAE-Wolf, will ask the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission for a demolition permit of the hospital. The building will also be listed for $10 on a third-party website. FAE-Wolf offered to contribute $100,000 to assist a buyer “in an orderly removal,” according to Wolf’s email on Tuesday.

After the demolition or relocation, the release said the developers plan to propose a new project. 

“FAE-Wolf tried its best, but those who wanted no change, and are part of a tight knit group of people who have more control than they deserve, won out,” the release said. “When we look back at the history of this saga, let it be written that it was the self-described historic preservationists who caused the collapse of the Old Post Hospital.” 

Representatives from Missoula’s Save the Fort group did not respond to a request for comment. 







022824-mis-nws-hospital-demolition-03.JPG

Exterior view of the Fort Missoula Old Post Hospital during a tour on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. Landowner Max Wolf said that denial of the development means his company cannot afford to fix the hospital, which was built in 1911 and is in serious disrepair.




Missoula Mayor Andrea Davis said in a statement that she was sorry to hear about the planned demolition, but countered that demolition is not the only way forward.

“The City made clear on several occasions throughout the process that there is a path for the developer to have an approvable project without demolishing the Post Hospital,” Davis said in an emailed statement to the Missoulian. “If the developer were to resubmit the proposed project with the conditions they proposed to City Council the day before the final decision, they would be well on their way. I hope they will consider this.”  

The conditions mentioned by Davis refer to last-minute design changes the developer proposed to the council one day before the final hearing on Feb. 22. 

The alterations would have made the proposed structures match more closely with the Old Post Hospital Mission-Revival architectural style, but some members of city staff and council said the change was too late in the process.

You must be logged in to react.
Click any reaction to login.

Related Posts

You may also like...