Major Projects

Fox Site Development
The Fox Site is located along the north shore of the Clark Fork River at the southwest corner of the intersection of Orange and West Front Streets. The city, through MRA, has prepared the Fox Site to accommodate a model multi-use development which will be the anchor of the west entrance to the downtown core and the east entry to the West Broadway corridor. The city has directed MRA to seek an appropriate private development team to realize this vision. View the Fox Site Parcel Map.

Hotel Fox Partners, LLC presented a PowerPoint on their proposed Riverfront Triangle site design and a community conference center feasibility and marketing report to the City Council's Committee of the Whole (COW) on June 3, 2015.  View the COW agenda and supporting documents.  Additional information can be found at  For more information, please contact Chris Behan at 406-552-6155.

Front Street/Main Street Two-Way Conversion Feasibility Study
The conversion of Front and Main Streets back to two-way traffic has been identified as a top priority project in the 2009 Downtown Master Plan and a means to improve overall circulation, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and economic vitality in Downtown Missoula. This Feasibility Study analyzed different improvement options using land use and traffic projections and develop a set of recommended alternatives that best meet the needs and objectives of the project. The Study reviewed the effects of the proposed conversion on the local economy, residential areas, motorized and non-motorized traffic flow, streetscape aesthetics, safety, parking, public transit, and air quality. Completed in 2014, the Study includes public and stakeholder involvement and close coordination with the City of Missoula and MDT. View the Front Street/Main Street Study Area .

Greater Downtown Master Plan

The MRA partnered with the Business Improvement District, the Missoula Parking Commission, the Missoula Downtown Association, and numerous business and property owners to create the first long range master plan for the downtown area. After over a year of planning and numerous public meetings, the plan was adopted by City Council in August 2009. The East Front Street parking structure is one of the first catalyst projects in the implementation phase. View the Greater Missoula Downtown Master Plan. For more information, please contact Ellen Buchanan at 406-552-6156.

Mary Avenue Extension
Missoula has identified the extension of Mary Avenue from Brooks Street through the Southgate Mall property and across the Bitterroot Branch rail line to Reserve Street in long range transportation plans for at least two decades.  The opportunity to make that extension has never been possible until now.  The Southgate Mall is in the process of reinventing itself by externalizing the Mall and building a network of streets that connect to surrounding neighborhoods.  The Mall project presented the City with the opportunity to make the Mary Street Extension a reality.  The portion of the street between Brooks and the railroad tracks is being built as part of the Mall project with funding from the MRA.  The modifications to Mary Avenue from the tracks to Reserve will be subject of an intensive public outreach process involving the residents, businesses and property owners on Mary Avenue and in the surrounding neighborhood.  The ultimate design of the street will be determined through interaction with those stakeholders and built with funds from MRA. For more information, please contact Ellen Buchanan at 406-552-6156.

Old Sawmill District Project
After nearly 100 years as a lumber mill, the 45-acre site along the south shore of the Clark Fork River is being cleaned up and made ready for an urban-density, multi-use residential, and commercial neighborhood. Now called the Old Sawmill District, the site is adjacent to the downtown core and established residential neighborhoods. The project will also feature a nearly 15-acre riverfront public park, an extensive trail system, and parking for the civic stadium which hosts the Osprey minor-league baseball team and other events. View the Old Sawmill District online. For more information, please contact Ellen Buchanan at 406-552-6156.

Russell Street Corridor Design Study 
Progressive Urban Management Associates conducted a study, including a public process, to examine urban design and land use regulation as part of the City's effort to shape future building design and land use along Russell Street from South Third Street West to West Broadway. The resulting report,  Russell Street Development Recommendations, contains a summary of public input and recommendations. Funded by a grant through the Sonoran Institute, the project was completed in conjunction with the City of Missoula‚Äôs Development Services and the Missoula Redevelopment Agency. 

Southgate Area Redevelopment Plan

The primary objective of the Southgate Area Redevelopment Plan is to identify strategies for redeveloping vacant property south of Southgate Mall and provide direction on how to best apply public and private dollars toward that goal. The plan defines a vision for the property and contains specific goals and objectives to achieve that vision. View the Southgate Area Redevelopment Plan Summary Report - July 2006. If you are interested in this area of URD III, please contact Ellen Buchanan at 406-552-6156.

South Reserve Pedestrian Bridge Crossing

Missoula County received a TIGER grant for construction of the Missoula to Lolo Trail (M2L). One of the biggest challenges for trail connectivity is getting bicyclists and pedestrians safely across South Reserve Street.  The MRA proposed to build a grade separated crossing of Reserve and in 2015, the City issued Tax Increment Revenue bonds for the construction of a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Reserve Street, creating a safe connection between the M2L and the Bitterroot Branch Trails.  The end result will be a trail system from downtown Missoula to downtown Hamilton, a stretch of approximately 45 miles.For more information, please contact Ellen Buchanan at 406-552-6156.