Midtown Applies for FTA Grant Funds

The City of Missoula, Mountain Line, and the Missoula Redevelopment Agency (MRA) are working together to prepare an application for a large planning grant from the Federal Transit Authority (FTA). If received, the grant will be used to establish a policy framework for promoting transit-oriented development (TOD) along Brooks Street, identify strategic opportunities and priorities for TOD around transit stop locations, and plan for affordable housing in Midtown. 

The Missoula Midtown Association supports the efforts being put towards securing this grant. The Brooks Street corridor and slant-street traffic patterns pose significant challenges to future development within the Midtown region. This study could advance planning around Brooks Street, thereby, advancing our mission in promoting healthy business, quality of place, and quality of life for Midtowners and the community. We also believe this could be a catalyst for developing an overall Master Plan for the Missoula Midtown.

Our Board of Directors is working to prepare a letter of support for the grant application. Members who are interested in becoming involved or seeking ways to provide additional support of the grant application, click HERE to let us know. 

The grant application is due November 18, and results will be announced in the spring of 2020.

Member Spotlight: First Interstate Bank

First Interstate, a community bank with $14 billion in assets, delivers best-in-class banking and Wealth Management services throughout Idaho, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. Across more than 150 locations, First Interstate offers convenient, modern banking and customer-first service to the communities it serves.

It all began when First Interstate founder, Homer Scott, Sr., purchased Bank of Commerce in Sheridan, Wyoming, in 1968. He envisioned a bank with roots that grow deep in the community, with a commitment to taking the best possible care of clients, employees, and the places we call home.

For more than 50 years, First Interstate has adhered to those guiding principles. In addition to a commitment to Missoula and all of our communities, the company values are centered on putting people first, striving for excellence, acting with integrity, and embracing change.

And they remain devoted to the intelligent, professional, and diligent movement and management of money — answering the real-world needs of residents and businesses with practical ways to improve their financial well-being.

Morrison-Maierle and Morrison-Maierle Systems to Host November Midtown Mixer

Join us in Midtown Missoula on Tuesday, November 5th for our Midtown Mixer hosted by Morrison-Maierle, Inc. and Morrison-Maierle Systems from 5-7pm. Enjoy appetizers, ice cold drinks, networking, and the opportunity to help shape the future of Midtown Missoula by sharing your thoughts and ideas on activities and development in the area. Morrison-Maierle, Inc. is located at 1055 Mount Avenue.

Morrison-Maierle Systems provides customized IT solutions and support, managed services, and network consulting for businesses and municipalities across Montana. Offices in Billings, Helena, Bozeman, and Missoula. Systems is a subsidiary of Morrison-Maierle, Inc.

Morrison-Maierle, Inc. is a multi-disciplinary firm offering a broad range of technical services in engineering, planning, surveying and environmental sciences throughout the western United States. With offices in Montana, Wyoming, Washington, and Arizona, Morrison-Maierle is ranked in Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) “Top 500 Design Firms” in the United States.

Midtown Welcomes New Development

A trip down the Brooks Street corridor certainly has a different look to it in 2019 compared to recent years. Even if you have yet to catch a show at the AMC dine-in theater, grab a slice of pizza at the new Bridge location, or enjoy a beverage at The Dram Shop Central, it’s easy to see all the fresh amenities popping up in our area. With further development already underway and additional projects anticipated in the coming months, it’s evident that the allure of Midtown is growing for businesses, employees, residents, and visitors in and around Missoula. 

Another addition nearing completion is the three-story Stockman Bank building, which will open its third Missoula location next week at 3615 Brooks Street. Grand-opening activities are planned throughout the week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, October 2, at 4pm with refreshments and hors d’ oeuvres following until 7pm.

Just behind that new bank location, Envision Commercial Construction is set to break ground on a three-story executive office building with commercial condos at 2315 McDonald Ave. The opening is planned for the summer of 2020, and over half of the space is already under contract. 

These new office structures on a prime corner of Brooks Street will be a nice welcome for folks coming into town from the Bitterroot Valley; and, along with other destined developments to come, should continue to enhance Midtown’s appeal as an attractive destination for many years into our community’s future. 

Member Spotlight: NorthWestern Energy

NorthWestern Energy has provided reliable and affordable energy to customers in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska for more than 100 years, and today serves more than 726,400 residential and business customers. The company got its start in small communities, providing essential service that allowed them to grow and prosper. With roots in the Montana Power Co. and South Dakota-based Northwestern Public Service Co., NorthWestern Energy took its current form in 2002 when the company bought the Montana Power electric and natural gas transmission and distribution system and became a partial owner of Colstrip Unit 4. 

NorthWestern Energy gives back to our communities. About 80 percent of the company’s 1,220 Montana employees regularly volunteer with non-profit organizations, and the company supports this dedication through additional charitable contributions. In 2018, NorthWestern Energy donated over $1.7 million to non-profits in the communities served. 

NorthWestern Energy and partners Missoula County Public Schools and the City of Missoula built solar installations at Hellgate, Sentinel, Big Sky and Willard high schools. The $1 million pilot project, funded and maintained by NorthWestern Energy, is part of large-scale studies around creating renewable energy solutions that can meet the demands of the regional energy grid. The project focuses on urban solar installations and education. MCPS students and teachers have hands-on learning experiences that will prepare students for jobs and help ensure a sustainable future. With data made available through a website hosted by NorthWestern Energy (nwesolar.com), Science, Math, and CTE teachers have written curriculum around analyzing the data and learning about solar energy for use in high school classrooms. Now that’s Delivering a Bright Future!