Developer Pitches 96-Unit Apartment Complex on Airport Road

Multi-family apartments proposed in area targeted for urban renewal near potential new school

By Dillon Tabish
The Lofts at Ashley. Courtesy rendering

Developers are pitching a three-story, 96-unit apartment complex on Airport Road that would be annexed into city limits on the south end of Kalispell.

Hoffmann Morgan & Associates, a Missoula-based architecture and engineering firm, submitted an application to the City of Kalispell on Sept. 7 for a conditional-use permit on behalf of the developers. The proposal, named The Lofts at Ashley, is to build five, three-story buildings with parking and landscaping on a 3.79-acre section of open land at the corner of Airport Road and Teal Drive. The property is adjacent to city limits and the large subdivision that includes South Meadows near Ashley Creek. It would require a zoning change to RA-2, or residential apartment/office.

City staff is still working on a report to deliver to the planning board, which is scheduled to review the proposal at its Oct. 11 meeting in City Hall.

The proposed multi-family development would include 81 two-bedroom units and 15 three-bedroom units, according to the application. There would be 177 vehicle parking spaces.

The apartment complex could emerge in an area with heightened redevelopment plans. The city has developed a new urban renewal plan for the south end of Kalispell at the same time the U.S. 93 Alternate Route is nearing completion and the school district is hoping to build a new elementary school, which would be located on Airport Road near the proposed apartment complex. The urban renewal plan includes a proposal to expand and improve Cemetery Road as new residential and commercial growth is expected throughout the area.

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