MISSOULA – Missoula County Public Schools trustees are considering a plan to sell, or lease, a pair of properties with a prime location on South Avenue.
The “Homevale Parcels” are in a small triangle between South Avenue and Stephens, directly across from the MCPS Business Building and just up the street from Sentinel High School.
The property used to be on the outskirts of Missoula. In fact, the old building on the property used to be a speakeasy and is used for the storage of the district’s old equipment.
But since the property doesn’t fit with current plans, the district is considering whether to sell, or lease the parcels. The move is part of an on-going assessment of all of the district’s property, some of which has been unused for years.
“There were some properties that were acquired previously that have been determined to not meet the needs of the district,” said MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane. “One being the Homevale property that we’re considering now. A second parcel way up on the hill, above Shadows’ Keep actually. Originally we thought 55th Street would be punched through. However, it never crossed Moose Can Gully and now that property’s largely isolated.”
The school board is considering the plan to sell or lease the Homevale parcels tonight. If the district sells any of the property the money is used to offset future building projects. If a tract is suitable for a school building, any sale must be approved by voters.