Nearly 7,000 Missoula citizens and students have signed petitions opposing the University of Montana's plan to build a new Missoula College (former Missoula College of Technology) on its South Campus. They do not oppose building a new Missoula College facility, but there is a better location. We invite the citizens of other communities across the state to join us in recommending to their legislators:
Amend HB14 to separate the Missoula College from other institutional building projects so projects of merit will have consideration.
We oppose funding for UM's request because:
The current plan involves pointless destruction of open space and recreational opportunity for present and future students and citizens.
The South Campus is the wrong location. Missoula College will serve its local constituency more effectively if located at the West Campus (Fort Missoula).
There was no public input on any part of this location decision. It was simply announced as a “done deal” without consideration of negative consequences.
The proposed cost, $47 million, is a needlessly high price for a project that could cost far less in another, preferable location.
L. Jack Lyon, Sally Peterson, Cindy Reimers, David Werner
Advocates for Missoula's Future