West Broadway Master Plan

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Help Establish a Long-Term Vision for the West Broadway Area

The City of Missoula, through the Missoula Redevelopment Agency (MRA), has partnered with the Business Improvement District (BID) and the Missoula Economic Partnership (MEP) to launch a detailed master plan for the West Broadway Area. A formal, detailed master plan lets everyone know what the community’s priorities are and guides public and private investment.

The first step was a five-day Public Virtual Design Charette in April 2021, to gather public input and cultivate a community vision for how the site should evolve in the coming years.

A DRAFT Master Plan has been prepared in response to public input gathered during the April charrette, and can be accessed at this link https://www.envisionwestbroadway.com/. Printed copies also are located at the Missoula Public Library, Lowell School, and the North Missoula Community Development Corporation (NMCDC), for those who do not have convenient on-line access. The project team is encouraging public review of this DRAFT Plan.

A second Public Input Session has been scheduled October 7, 2021 5:30-7:30 pm for community members to review and comment on the DRAFT Plan with the project design team. Please visit https://www.envisionwestbroadway.com/ to review the entire DRAFT Plan and to register for the second Public Input Session.

Another public input session will be scheduled in November when a Final draft of the plan is ready for review. Public input will remain open until the plan has been finalized.

The master plan is expected to be finalized in late Fall 2021. It will go through a formal adoption process and become an amendment to the Missoula Downtown Master Plan, and thus a part of the City’s Growth Policy. There will be multiple opportunities for public input throughout the review and adoption process.



Background

The area between West Broadway Street, California Street, Russell Street, and the Clark Fork River was identified as a gateway area in Missoula’s Downtown Master Plan. The Downtown Plan included a broad conceptual plan for the area that included some infill development and trail and park connections.

Since the Downtown Plan was completed, the City has purchased several properties in the area, and has put in place a strategy to move the Missoula Water facilities. This land-banking puts the City in an excellent position to directly influence redevelopment that is being envisioned through robust public engagement. The City will be able to create strategic partnerships to influence who undertakes redevelopment and how that development occurs. The site is also part of Missoula’s only Opportunity Zone, which is likely to be attractive to developers.

The West Broadway area is part of the Westside Neighborhood – a vibrant, dynamic, diverse neighborhood. It is also near many of the community’s desirable amenities – the Clark Fork River, the Riverfront Trail, Downtown Lions Park, and the California Street pedestrian bridge with direct connection to Silver Park. The master plan will look at ways to make it safer and easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross West Broadway, so it becomes less of a barrier between so much of the Westside Neighborhood and the river, parks, and trails.


Help Establish a Long-Term Vision for the West Broadway Area

The City of Missoula, through the Missoula Redevelopment Agency (MRA), has partnered with the Business Improvement District (BID) and the Missoula Economic Partnership (MEP) to launch a detailed master plan for the West Broadway Area. A formal, detailed master plan lets everyone know what the community’s priorities are and guides public and private investment.

The first step was a five-day Public Virtual Design Charette in April 2021, to gather public input and cultivate a community vision for how the site should evolve in the coming years.

A DRAFT Master Plan has been prepared in response to public input gathered during the April charrette, and can be accessed at this link https://www.envisionwestbroadway.com/. Printed copies also are located at the Missoula Public Library, Lowell School, and the North Missoula Community Development Corporation (NMCDC), for those who do not have convenient on-line access. The project team is encouraging public review of this DRAFT Plan.

A second Public Input Session has been scheduled October 7, 2021 5:30-7:30 pm for community members to review and comment on the DRAFT Plan with the project design team. Please visit https://www.envisionwestbroadway.com/ to review the entire DRAFT Plan and to register for the second Public Input Session.

Another public input session will be scheduled in November when a Final draft of the plan is ready for review. Public input will remain open until the plan has been finalized.

The master plan is expected to be finalized in late Fall 2021. It will go through a formal adoption process and become an amendment to the Missoula Downtown Master Plan, and thus a part of the City’s Growth Policy. There will be multiple opportunities for public input throughout the review and adoption process.



Background

The area between West Broadway Street, California Street, Russell Street, and the Clark Fork River was identified as a gateway area in Missoula’s Downtown Master Plan. The Downtown Plan included a broad conceptual plan for the area that included some infill development and trail and park connections.

Since the Downtown Plan was completed, the City has purchased several properties in the area, and has put in place a strategy to move the Missoula Water facilities. This land-banking puts the City in an excellent position to directly influence redevelopment that is being envisioned through robust public engagement. The City will be able to create strategic partnerships to influence who undertakes redevelopment and how that development occurs. The site is also part of Missoula’s only Opportunity Zone, which is likely to be attractive to developers.

The West Broadway area is part of the Westside Neighborhood – a vibrant, dynamic, diverse neighborhood. It is also near many of the community’s desirable amenities – the Clark Fork River, the Riverfront Trail, Downtown Lions Park, and the California Street pedestrian bridge with direct connection to Silver Park. The master plan will look at ways to make it safer and easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross West Broadway, so it becomes less of a barrier between so much of the Westside Neighborhood and the river, parks, and trails.


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