Major Projects


 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 will analyze 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 will review 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. Planned for completion in 2014, the Study will include public and stakeholder involvement and close coordination with the City of Missoula and MDT. View the Front Street/Main Street Study Area 
  
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, Request for Proposals Legal Ad, New Fox Site RFP document-May 2011. Proposals are due to MRA by 5 p.m. on Thursday July 28, 2011. For more information, please contact Chris Behan at 406-552-6155.

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.

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.

Silver Park
This nearly 15-acre park is being developed in conjunction with the Old Sawmill District project. MRA is managing the construction of the Park, which will include a riverfront trail, pavilion, bench shelters, parking lot and boat ramp in addition to open space. The riverfront trail, bench shelters, parking lot and boat ramp are all complete.  Current construction taking place includes placement of a pedestrian bridge at the west end of the trail near California Street Bridge and installation of landscaping and lighting along the riverfront trail. A subsequent phase will follow for construction of the remainder of the Park as funding allows. For more information, please contact Chris Behan at 406-552-6155.

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.

West Broadway Corridor Vision Plan
The MRA and the city partnered to fund a public process that allowed the community to define the future of one of the major streets providing access to the downtown and the only east west arterial north of the Clark Fork River. A portion of West Broadway was modified from a four-lane to a three-lane street in 2006, creating a great deal of controversy and discussion in the community. The MRA took that opportunity to invite the community to take a much broader look at the corridor and develop a vision to guide investment of public funds in that part of Urban Renewal District II. View the West Broadway Corridor Vision Plan. For more information, please contact Ellen Buchanan at 406-552-6156.