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Polson Landing hosts groundbreaking, set to open by December

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POLSON – A 35-unit affordable housing development was touted last week at a groundbreaking ceremony. 

The Polson Landing project is being developed by Housing Solutions of Missoula with the help of $6 million in tax credits from the Montana Board of Housing. 

Alex Burkhalter, founder of Housing Solutions, emceed the ceremony in which Gov. Steve Bullock, Polson Mayor Heather Knutson, Tim Howard, owner of Howard Construction Co., and others spoke.

Jodie Paxton, executive director of Lake County Community Housing, said the organization has a waiting list of more than 250 families who are in need of housing. 

“Hopefully it (Polson Landing) will take a bite out of our waiting list,” she said. 

“Affordable housing is a challenge we’re facing,” Knutson said, noting it has been identified as a priority in the city’s growth policy. “I’m really happy to see this goal being fulfilled.” 

“This housing is very much needed,” Howard said. “We could go right down the street with more.” 

 “It’s unique. It’s a celebration,” Bullock said of Polson Landing, which is located on 3 acres in the Ridgewater development. 

“There’s going to be a kid sitting around a table doing his homework,” he said. “A single mother will be able to come home every day and say, ‘This is my home.’”

The project is slated to open in early December, Burkhalter said. The three-building project will have 35 units consisting of one, two or three bedrooms.

The homes will rent for $350 to $770 a month to those earning between $9,800 and $36,180 a year, according to a press release from the governor’s office. 

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