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Members vote to sell Missoula Senior Center

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The Missoula Senior Center on Higgins Avenue in Missoula. (MTN News photo) The Missoula Senior Center on Higgins Avenue in Missoula. (MTN News photo)
MISSOULA -

It's the end of an era in downtown Missoula with members of the Missoula Senior Center narrowly approving plans to sell their longtime home on Higgins Avenue.

Tuesday's vote was close with 62 in favor of staying in the current facility and 66 in favor of selling the building. The decision to sell came after a presentation by the Missoula Senior Center board and a lively discussion by members. 

Missoula Senior Center board president Robert Shurr says they can only afford to be in the building for another two years, forcing them to seek alternatives.

The building also needs a new roof, which is expected to cost about $60,000. Shurr says they have already received offers for the property, some topping $1 million. 

Along with increased costs to operate, a decline in membership and volunteers has also contributed to this action. In 2010 the Senior Center had close to 1,200 members, now that number sits at just under 400 members.

Shurr says the next step in the process will be to hire a commercial realtor, to help with the sale of the current building, and help them find a new one. Shurr says they may look to rent a space temporarily while looking for a more permanent space. 

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