Montana Main Street

Current Projects


2017

Anaconda/Deer Lodge County: Development of an Active Transportation Plan to address downtown walkability, the promotion of alternative forms of transportation, allow for the interconnectivity of the historic commercial district, and to overcome the challenges of a bifurcated Main Street. The project builds from significant community revitalization successes, including a Downtown Master Plan and the placemaking and street design visioning of the New Mobility West collaborative including the Sonoran Institute and Project for Public Spaces. The project includes funding from CDBG planning and the Montana Department of Transportation.

Glasgow: Creation of Community Branding to develop a strategic brand that capitalizes on community assets and regional identity. The project is an implementation of the recently adopted downtown revitalization plan, completed with previous Montana Main Street funding, and will provide a foundation for subsequent wayfinding implementation.

Glendive: Development of a Downtown Master Plan to create a comprehensive vision for the planning and development of the commercial district. The project intends to position the community in a collaborative effort to better utilize the downtown building infrastructure and identify a unified strategy to develop the regional tourism industry that correlates with the downtown district. The project includes CDBG planning funds.  

Great Falls: Implementation of a Downtown Pedlet Placemaking Project to promote walkable downtown public spaces and outdoor dining space. Only the second such project in the country, this innovative downtown vision aims to highlight the impact of outside spaces in creating a vibrant and healthy district. The project will partner with several local businesses, placing a “pedlet” and creating outside seating space for patrons. 

Helena: The Helena Business Improvement District will forward a Downtown Façade Improvement Program that offers grants to local business/building owners for improvements to downtown building facades. The program implements a component of the Helena downtown master plan and combines the benefits of historic preservation and revitalization efforts with a desire to leverage public/private investments to incentivize economic development opportunities in the downtown business district.

Lewistown: Implementation of a Downtown Parklet Placemaking Project to promote the walkability and economic vitality of the downtown commercial district. The vision includes the construction of several outside dining and seating areas within the newly formed arts and entertainment district to work in conjunction to support local business and to develop a growing local tourism industry.

Red Lodge: Building from the community’s new brand as the “Basecamp to the Beartooths” and the recently completed Active Transportation Plan, Red Lodge will create a Wayfinding Plan that will determine the best design and location for a community-wide signage system. The project will better connect the Main Street with the abundant number of business and dining, historical, cultural, and recreational attractions within the wider business district and community. 

Roundup: Development of a Downtown Master Plan to forward a broad vision and ambitious goals in downtown revitalization, historic rehabilitation, economic development and long-range community planning. The project builds on the recently completed Growth Policy and coordinates with the ongoing Historic Preservation Plan and unifies into a comprehensive effort the significant number of recent successes in the downtown and wider community.

Past Projects


 

Butte: Conduct a preliminary architectural report for the historic Phoenix Building in Uptown Butte as an initial step of the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the seven-story structure. The project aims to enable the creation of additional business-ready retail and office space, development of artisan residency and live-work space, several floors of housing units, and an estimated 75-unit hotel space on the top floors. Much of the building has been vacant or underutilized, and the project will provide a foundational step in its preservation and contribute to the economic vitality and larger revitalization of Uptown Butte.

Deer Lodge: Complete a preliminary architectural report for the historic Hotel Deer Lodge building. A landmark structure in downtown Deer Lodge, the building has sat vacant and in disrepair for decades, and its restoration serves as a potential catalyst for the revitalization of the downtown business district. The project aims to explore the creation of commercial and community space, as well as housing and lodging facilities. The Hotel Deer Lodge project complements the rehabilitation of the Rialto Theater, a nationally-recognized example of the success of community resolve and historic preservation.

Libby: Conduct a tourism assessment study and develop an action plan of prioritized implementation strategies to grow the local tourism industry. The project will focus on Libby tourism development as well as larger regional planning to include the community of Troy.

Miles City: Implementing both the community Growth Policy and the downtown Urban Renewal Plan, the City will forward a façade improvement program that provides financial incentive for downtown property owners to restore and improve commercial buildings within the historic downtown district.

Sheridan: Completion of a downtown streetscape infrastructure improvement project to include new bicycle racks and wrought iron garbage receptacles. The Sheridan Main Street Improvement Team fundraised over $100,000 locally toward downtown infrastructure including streetlamps and benches.The project contributes toward the completion of a downtown streetscape and infrastructure transformation.

Stevensville: Update of the town Growth Policy to include emphasis on community walkability, downtown access and infrastructure, continued economic growth on Main Street, business retention and recruitment, and the development of community tourism.

Thompson Falls: Development of a downtown branding project that aims to create continuity between community tourism marketing strategy, online presence, and downtown signage. The project is an implementation of the recently adopted downtown master plan, completed with a combination of Montana Main Street and CDBG funding, and will provide a foundation for subsequent wayfinding and website development.

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Anaconda: Development of a downtown master plan that coordinates with the county growth policy and urban renewal plan to accomplish goals in the areas of community and economic development, revitalization, and historic preservation. The project correlates the significant planning and revitalization efforts of the City and the Anaconda Local Development Corporation with the goals of other local organizations.

Dillon: Creation of a downtown master plan in Dillon represents the culmination of local volunteers working closely with the City and the Beaverhead Chamber of Commerce to organize local efforts and to capitalize on demonstrated success of rehabilitation projects in the downtown district. As part of the long range planning project, the local effort has indicated the importance of business recruitment, historic preservation, heritage tourism, and improved streetscape design and safety.

Helena: Working with the City of Helena, the Helena Business Improvement District will develop a downtown master plan that creates a comprehensive and unified vision for the long range planning, development, preservation, and growth of the district. Building upon other comprehensive planning efforts, the downtown master plan will seek to emphasize the unique historic character and capitalize on existing amenities to develop a road map for economic growth and community revitalization moving forward.

Kalispell: Working in tandem with the City of Kalispell, the Kalispell Business Improvement District will forward a downtown building façade improvement program that offers $5,000 matching grants to local business owners for improvements to downtown building facades. The program implements a component of the updated Kalispell Growth Policy and combines the benefits of historic preservation and revitalization efforts with a desire to leverage public/private investments to incentivize economic development opportunities in the downtown business district.

Thompson Falls: Moving forward with a vision and goals that demonstrate a broad approach to public facilities and parks, infrastructure and the economic impact of such elements in a community. Using the development of a downtown master plan as a starting point, the City will address the needs of the downtown and has indicated revitalization efforts to include renovation of historic structures, tourism development, and enhancing the business core.

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Glasgow: Production of an urban revitalization plan that will emphasize a comprehensive approach to public and private improvements and identify historic preservation projects needed in the downtown district.

Great Falls: Creation of downtown facade improvement design renderings. The project builds upon past successes incorporating architectural renderings of historic district buildings into the Great Falls Master Plan, local collaborative planning efforts, and building rehabilitation.

Lewistown: Development of a community wayfinding plan. The project includes the design of non-customized signage and will provide guidance as to the most effective signage types and locations based on community needs as part of a wider effort to grow regional tourism infrastructure and economy.

Miles City: Creation of a downtown Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District. The project emphasizes the beginnings of downtown revitalization and historic preservation.

Shelby: Preparation of a preliminary architectural report and feasibility study for the historic Rainbow Hotel. The overall project includes a business plan and potential investor structure as part of a collaborative funding effort between Department of Commerce programs, including the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund and Community Development Block Grant - Economic Development (CDBG-ED).

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Dawson County/Glendive: Updated Growth Policy to accurately include recent significant regional economic growth. The project benefits both the County and City, but focuses on the preservation and revitalization of downtown Glendive, improving commercial opportunities, and developing long-range plans to collaboratively promote tourism.

Deer Lodge: Completion of a downtown public improvement bench project to complement previous streetscape improvements.

Helena: Conducted a property tax analysis and revenue mapping project to better understand the value of downtown development and investments made in the downtown commercial district. The project includes the creation of a citywide set of maps demonstrating land and property valuation with revenue production charts, collaborative Helena GIS training, and a pair of community presentations to report the findings and issues unique to Helena.

Lewistown: Conducted a tourism assessment study and public workshops to better understand the community "through the eyes of a tourist" and to organize a tourism-related planning effort that identified key components necessary to implementing and designing a tourism infrastructure.

Shelby: Creation of a historical walking tour in the Main Street business district and adjacent historic neighborhoods. The project is part of a larger effort to identify and list historic properties, promote tourism in the community, and connect the downtown business district to the Shelby heritage tourism plan.

Terry: Continuation and completion of Growth Policy started in FY2012 to promote regional economic development in coordination with a strong downtown district.

Whitehall: Creation of an urban renewal tax increment finance district to remove blight, create investment in streetscape beautification, and generate a funding source for infrastructure improvement. An urban renewal TIF district has been identified as the starting point for an evolving downtown revitalization plan and is a component of the Town of Whitehall's Growth Policy, Jefferson County's economic development strategy, and the Jefferson Local Development Corporation plan of work.

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Butte: Worked to evaluate resources and define the appropriate protocol to preserve and protect approximately 100 ghost signs in Butte's historic district.

Glasgow: Developed a Growth Policy that meets the community's immediate needs and provides a strategy for future growth and development needs.

Great Falls: Speaker sponsorship to bring speaker Donovan Rypkema to Montana Downtown Conference to discuss “100 Common Denominators of Successful Downtowns” and participate in a panel discussion on the tax benefits of downtown economic development. Funded the creation and design of a website for the newly formed Great Falls Downtown Development Partnership, an alliance of eleven organizations such as the Great Falls BID, Downtown Great Falls Association, NeighborWorks Great Falls, and the Chamber of Commerce.

Stevensville: Created a public relations plan to organize a proactive approach to improve the perception of the community as a desirable place to live and conduct business.

Terry: Developed a Growth Policy as a proactive approach to significant regional economic growth that will assist with long-term development goals while strengthening the downtown district and ensuring that growth occurs in unison with the nature of the community and main street.


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