Brooks Street Corridor Transportation-Oriented Development
MRA is coordinating the Brooks Street Corridor Transportation-Oriented Development (TOD) Infrastructure Study to identify and recommend designs for the transportation infrastructure needed to support transit-oriented development in Midtown Missoula. The goal is to establish viable transit service with 15-minute headways and to transform Brooks Street into a permeable, enjoyable destination corridor with vital development nodes in the heart of Midtown. View the Brooks Street Corridor Transportation-Oriented Development (TOD) Infrastructure Study [link to a summary of the study] [link to the full study]. For more information, please email Annette Marchesseault or call (406) 552-6158.
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 (PDF).
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 River Front Triangle. For more information, please email 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 (PDF).
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 email Ellen Buchanan at 406-552-6156.
Bitterroot Trail - Golden Spike Project
The Bitterroot Trail - Golden Spike Project will be completed in mid-July 2018. The Bitterroot Trail is a heavily used commuter/recreation trail that, in conjunction with the new South Reserve Pedestrian Bridge, provides safe pedestrian and bike travel from downtown Missoula to Fort Missoula Regional Park and areas west of Reserve Street. The project has been nicknamed the "Golden Spike" as this trail project will complete the final missing link in the 50-mile stretch of world-class trail connecting downtown Missoula and Hamilton, MT. A ribbon cutting celebration will take place at 9:00am on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 on the trail at the intersection of the Bitterroot Trail and the new Central Avenue trail crossing - located on the trail midway between North Avenue and South Avenue.
Montana Rail Link Park
The new Montana Rail Link Park, located at the intersection of South Avenue and South Johnson Street, is a much needed neighborhood park in the Franklin to the Fort and the Southgate Triangle neighborhoods. The City, using funds from MRA and the Open Space Bond, purchased the approximately four-acre parcel of land where the park is located from Montana Rail Link in 2017. MRA has worked collaboratively with the City's Parks and Recreation Department to develop a Master Plan (PDF) for the new park through an extensive neighborhood input process. The park plan includes lots of open green space, a playground, a community garden, a dog park, a multi-use playing court, a small pavilion, and a restroom facility. The park will be fully open in Spring 2019. For more information email Annette Marchesseault or call 406-552-6158.
For at least 20 years, City planning documents have envisioned an east-west connection between Brooks Street and Reserve Street in the vicinity of Mary Avenue. The opportunity to make that connection finally became possible when Southgate Mall began a redevelopment process. The mall granted the City an easement to build a new public street through the mall property. MRA provided funding for construction of the new street through the mall and for curb and sidewalk improvements on the existing segment of Mary Avenue west of the railroad. For more information email Annette Marchesseault or call 406-552-6158.
California Street Preliminary Design - Dakota Street to South 3rd Street West
Although no construction timeline has been set as funding sources are yet to be identified, MRA has undertaken a project to complete the preliminary design of California Street from Dakota Street to S. 3rd Street W. in URD II. The goals of the design project include improving public safety for all modes of travel in the corridor, maintaining the neighborhood character of the street, and creating a blueprint for the redesigned streetscape. In 2012, the preliminary design of California Street from the Clark Fork River to Dakota Street was completed: (2012 Preliminary Design) (PDF). In May 2018, three design alternatives for California Street between Dakota Street and S. 3rd Street W. were presented at a public open house: Prezi Presentation. Based on public comment received and input from City Departments, a preferred design alternative has emerged and will be presented at a public open house on Oct. 2, 2018 between 5:30-7:30pm at the Salvation Army, 355 S. Russell Street. (Preferred Design Alternative (PDF)) Questions regarding the preferred design alternative can be addressed to Jeremy Keene, WGM Group, 406-728-4611, or Tod Gass, MRA, 406-552-6159.
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 email 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 (PDF), 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's 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 (PDF). If you are interested in this area of URD III, please email Ellen Buchanan at 406-552-6156.