In 2003, the local housing authority purchased an abandon 12 acre lumber yard in the middle of Missoula. In 2010, the Garden District came online with 37 units of affordable housing on a corner of the site. With the rest of the parcel still undeveloped, the three Garden District buildings specifically relate to each other and create an internal space and sense of community. This shared central space provides social gathering opportunities for residents through covered picnic areas, play structures and grassy lawns. Balconies on the buildings overlook this courtyard, providing layers of interaction and a sense of security for the children at play.