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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. 







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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.

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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. 

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