But Byrnes said instead of using or building one large structure with 20 or so units, the partners believe five four-plexes in scattered sites, appropriately zoned, is a better approach.
“If we are successful getting this funding and moving forward … we have ideas on how this should flow and how it should be built and what it should look like,” Byrnes said. “We’d love to get that done first, get one built, and understand what we need to tweak on the next one.”
The Mission project involves a vacant warehouse that was on land the Christian organization purchased for a new homeless shelter after its previous one — a house on East Second Street — was closed in 2017 because of safety concerns.
The effort involves several partners, including Butte-Silver Bow, Action Inc., St. James Healthcare, the Public Housing Authority, the Southwest Montana Community Health Center and other. Many decisions and steps are still pending.
A final cost analysis on that is nearing completion, she said, but preliminary figures put the cost of each four-plex between $1.5 million to $1.8 million, and they’re seeking enough grant money to pay for one. It could serve as a pilot for the project.