In January 2020, due to unprecedented and exhilarating growth in Midtown Missoula, and in anticipation of more changes to come, the Missoula Midtown Association (MMA) adopted strategic goals calling for the creation and implementation of a Midtown Master Plan. Recognizing the pressing need for cohesion around a vision that embraces our existing character, encourages equitable development, and promotes healthy urbanism, the Midtown Association formed a whitepaper committee to lay out the path to make a Midtown Master Plan a reality. The committee, which is made up of both MMA board leaders and members, convened virtually and met with community leaders over the summer of 2020. The whitepaper is broken up into four sections: goals, project scope and cost, Midtown Association structure, and interview findings.
Even amidst the pandemic, Midtown is growing rapidly. Without a community plan for the area, we risk being caught flatfooted when market demand for development increases beyond our community capacity to manage it. A haphazard approach to revitalization will likely lead to frustration for developers and local officials as well as poor outcomes for current residents or gentrification that pushes them out of Midtown altogether. A well-developed plan created through an inclusive process will offer predictability and preserve the qualities we love about Midtown.
Take a look at the Midtown Master Plan Whitepaper by clicking HERE and stay tuned as we progress on this exciting path, focused on the vision and future of our beloved Midtown Missoula.
The Missoula Midtown Association is seeking to hire a professional Executive Director. Details can be viewed HERE.
In an effort to increase accessibility and access for voters this fall, Mountain Line has released a special Bus-to-Ballot map this week. The map details the public transportation routes Missoulians can take to access various ballot drop-off locations and the Elections Center. All Mountain Line services are ADA accessible and zero-fare.
“Transportation shouldn’t be a barrier to participating in our democracy,” said Corey Aldridge, Mountain Line general manager. “Mountain Line is proud to offer accessible, zero-fare service to all Missoulians, helping to create a more equitable community to benefit us all.”
Please note the Elections Center is open daily, now through Election Day, but all other ballot drop-off locations are open only on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3. Mountain Line is operating Tuesday, November 3.
As Missoula grows, access to affordable, reliable transportation is critical. That’s why Mountain Line updated its strategic plan after hearing from Missoulians their desire for increased service.
Mountain Line is asking for a mill levy investment of 20 mills, raising approximately $3 million annually, to:
- Implement seven-day and seven-night transit service, expand weekend service, including adding Sunday servicefor the first time.
- Increase bus frequency on heavily used routes.
- Add additional early-morning and late-evening service.
- Enhance our Zero-Fare program,and,
- Support the conversion of our fleetto meet our 2035 zero-tailpipe-emissions goal.
A reliable public transit system helps employees get to work, students get to school, and those with limited resources access health care and affordable housing. It supports connectivity between Missoula’s business community, which in turn substantially benefits our local economy. And, our seniors and people with disabilities benefit from Mountain Line’s Paratransit and Shuttle Van services.
Mountain Line contributes to local and regional transportation planning efforts and creates opportunities for investment of federal dollars in our local community. Improved bus service and expanded hours will also further support economic development and revitalization efforts in Midtown.
The benefits are real. More people riding the bus equates to reduced traffic congestion, shorter commute times, improved air quality, and a healthier community as more people choose active transportation.
Mountain Line helps make Missoula a more livable, equitable, and prosperous community, which benefits us all.
Learn more at www.mountainline.com/mill-levy.
Hit television series “Yellowstone” is currently in the process of filming its fourth season in and around the Missoula area. Last week, semi-trucks and tents full of equipment and crews lined the streets across from Tremper’s Shopping Center to shoot some scenes near a Midtown cafe. At least a couple of MMA members have had a role in the show’s production, with scenes being filmed at Community Medical Center, and Sterling CRE Advisors helping to lease a warehouse used by the team. The show’s popularity will certainly give Missoula some exposure and provide an economic boost to a number of local businesses.
The Quarter 3 Missoula Market trend data is now available on the Missoula Organization of Realtors (MOR) website and can be viewed by clicking HERE. Additionally, from this page, you can also navigate to the Annual Housing Reports from years past.
MOR provides market information as a public service based on statistics generated through the MOR Regional Multiple Listing Service. This information is not based on all real estate activity and is intended to indicate general trends only and should not be used to determine what to expect in any specific neighborhood or community. Contact a REALTOR® for a more specific and detailed market analysis.