In the spring of 2015 the 503 East Front Street property was gifted to the NMCDC by the heirs of Lee Gordon and the name of the future residential development, Lee Gordon Place, memorialized the family’s generous contribution. The development of Lee Gordon Place, through the the Land Stewardship Program, provides a model of non-gentrifying neighborhood improvement – one that if replicated, could become the place-based inoculation needed to keep this centrally located area income-inclusive for Missoula’s full range of citizenry. Lee Gordon Place, comprised of seven permanently affordable townhouses, will be move in ready in the Spring of 2018.
The site is a 14,000 square foot lot that currently is occupied by a 9 unit residential structure. A large portion of the existing structure was constructed in 1882 by the Heyfron family, and subsequent additions, divisions and remodels have resulted in a wide range of building materials and construction styles within the structure. In December of 2015, the U.S. Department of Environmental Quality conducted a Phase II Assessment of the property identifying asbestos, lead paint and one mercury thermostat as materials of concern within the structure as well as lead soil contamination around the perimeter of the building. The asbestos and lead has to be mitigated prior to the deconstruction of the building and redevelopment of the site. The NMCDC was granted funding for abatement work through the EPA’s Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Program by the Missoula City Council on June 13th.
As a condition of Brownfields funding an Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives was performed and a Community Relations Plan was created. Regular updates on the mitigation and deconstruction project as well as an exploration of the history of the 503 East Front Street site will be posted here.
4/18 – Lee Gordon Place Update
A temporary fence has been added to the perimeter of the property as lead and abatement of the current structure has begun in preparation for deconstruction and historical documentation. The three large trees on site are also being removed to prevent the nesting of migratory bird species and allow for access to the existing structure and redevelopment of the entire site.
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