Opponents Sue to Stop Missoula College Construction

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A group opposed to the state’s plans to build Missoula College on the University Golf Course filed a lawsuit Monday, saying donors of the land specified in 1928 that it be used only for recreational purposes.

Quentin Rhoades of Sullivan, Tabaracci and Rhoades filed the cease and desist order on behalf of Advocates for Missoula’s Future, a group that opposes constructing Missoula College on the University of Montana's South Campus.

“When property is donated to the state of Montana for the benefit of higher education, the Board of Regents is required to use the property for the specific purpose of the donor,” Rhoades said. “This land was given to the state for use as athletic fields for recreational use by students.”

The letter was sent Monday to the Commissioner of Higher Education and several members of the Montana Board of Regents.

In the letter, Advocates for Missoula’s Future says the land was acquired by the Alumni Challenge Athletic Field Corporation in 1928 to supply the university with athletic fields for student recreation.

The group argues that the state accepted the property for a price below fair market value on the expressed understanding that the land would be used for student recreation.

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