Bullock tours Missoula urban renewal projects

MISSOULA COUNTY

POSTED: 6:27 PM Mar 29 2013
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

There's a new push to get the state to support proposed urban renewal projects in Missoula.

On Friday Missoula Mayor John Engen took Governor Steve Bullock on a tour of several of those projects, starting with Missoula’s Riverfront Triangle District.

The Riverfront Triangle District is an extension of downtown the city hopes to develop using private-public partnerships and tax increment financing.

Eventually, the area could be home to a performing arts center, a signature hotel, or for mixed use development.

The governor and mayor also looked at the city's new Silver Park - 15 acres of reclaimed land along next to the baseball stadium.

"I just want to remind him of what this tool means for communities, and as the legislature brings material to his desk that may jeopardize this sort of thing, I want him to have a good memory of what it means for the citizens he serves,” said Engen.

"It is nice that the city is working with private parties to say, how can we take advantage to make sure we have, more or less, a vital and active downtown,” said Bullock.