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Missoula leaders see “Hotel Fox” as big boom for all hotel properties in Garden City

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MISSOULA - Missoula City Council members are confident the new Hotel Fox, along with its convention center, will provide a major economic boost, generating new business for all the major hotels in the city.

After six years of discussions and negotiations, the Missoula City Council unanimously agreed to a package of contracts and agreements with Hotel Fox Partners Monday night. That firms up a deal where the city will provide the Riverfront Triangle site with Hotel Fox building the hotel, condos and conference center, running the conference center for the city. 

The project has changed dramatically from its original concept, to include a far larger conference center component, a 60,000-square foot facility with a main hall capable of hosting up to a thousand people for a sit down dinner. There’s also a parking garage with more than 400 spots. 

It’s projected that could bring upwards of 100,000 people per year to Missoula, with an estimated $14 million in economic impact.

“The size of this convention center is so big the hotel attached to it will only cover a portion of the people who come for conventions. So it will benefit all of downtown in many, many ways,” said Missoula City Councilwoman Gwen Jones.

“This partnership allows us to locate something transformational in downtown that doesn’t just compete. It provides a new level that benefits everybody, as you mentioned, other hotels and businesses in the area," said Missoula City Councilman Bryan Von Lossberg.

Hotel Fox Partners will now have a year-and-a-half to complete the final design, with construction to be completed in 2022. 

Hotel Fox Partners will have until May 2019 to complete construction documents and specifications. Construction permits and financing must be in place by November 2019 and the project must be finished by May 2022.

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