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Missoula to see new pod-style housing development

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Posted at 9:17 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 23:17:49-04

With an ongoing housing shortage in Missoula, city officials are looking for new and innovative ways to accommodate more for less, and they might’ve found a solution in pod-style housing.

At a city council meeting Monday night, members voted to approve a pod-style, communal living unit near Scott Street.

The unit will function somewhat like a dorm, with one resident per bedroom, but a shared kitchen and communal space.

Plans call for 46 units, and according to our partners at the Missoula Current, estimations have monthly rent at roughly $600.

Planners say this “pod-type” housing has been used in larger cities to combat high housing costs.

Council member Heidi West of Ward 1 commended the proposal for providing more affordable housing options for the community.

“This is a group living conditional use request that I think really creatively uses our existing zoning code to provide a housing situation that isn’t currently in common use in Missoula,” said West.

Also at the city council meeting, members voted to approve a new tavern and casino at 2275 N Reserve Street, right next to the Conoco gas station.