Midtown In Focus

Most of us know it simply as Brooks Street. Others think about it as the home to Southgate Mall or the Fairgrounds. Recently, we’re beginning to see it as the stage for new development and shopping places. However you think about it, there’s a lot happening in Missoula’s Midtown.

With activity comes opportunity, and soon you’ll have the opportunity to get to know Midtown a little better. Beyond that—and of great importance—you’ll have the opportunity to help craft a vision that helps to enhance and enrich the Midtown community of which you are a part.

The Opportunity.

Earlier this year, a group of partner organizations comprised of the Missoula Midtown Association, Missoula Redevelopment Agency, City of Missoula and several private organizations won a grant from New Mobility West. New Mobility West is an initiative of the nonprofit organization Community Builders, which works with people throughout the West to help build prosperous, successful places.

The grant focuses on the Brooks Street corridor, the main transportation artery linking Midtown together. The grant helps the partner organizations meet with area shareholders
through a series of discussions, workshops and activities that will result in a community-driven vision for the area. Brooks is the next area planned for high-frequency bus service and development activity is picking up—now is the time to get involved in the future of Midtown.

You Matter.

As a Missoula resident, your voice is important. You are a shareholder in the future of Midtown, so please participate. Here’s how:

» Online. A short questionnaire you can complete on your phone or at your home.
Available now through September 30 at: http://conta.cc/2bANgex

» Community get-together #1. A chance to learn more about this project and provide feedback.
Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 in the Home Arts Building, County Fairgrounds.

» Workshop. Design, development and desires for Midtown are explored, discussed and visualized.
Drop in to the Home Arts Building on Wednesday, September 14 anytime between 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

» Community get-together #2.
Summary and review of project and concepts.
Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 in the Home Arts Building.

More Information.

» Project webpage: http://ci.missoula.mt.us/2053/Brooks-Street-Corridor-Study

» Missoula Midtown Association website: http://missoulamidtown.com/

» Contact: John Lavey, Community Builders. 406-225-0065.  john@communitybuilders.org