Officials seek Missoulians' input on Russell St. corridor project


Officials seek Missoulians' input on Russell St. corridor project

MISSOULA, Mont. - The City of Missoula is asking businesses and neighborhoods how they want the Russell Street corridor developed.

The idea is to help design the way future buildings look on the strip of Russell from South Third Street West to West Broadway.

A nonprofit special grant is funding the planning project.

An informational meeting took place on Wednesday night at the Source's Lighthouse Bistro on Russell, and residents were able to talk about design and ask questions.

There's space available right now to build along Russell Street. Consultants say, eventually, both sides of the street will be developed.

At the meeting, consultants showed pictures of different architecture, structure and parking options used in other cities. 

City officials say older, existing buildings will be allowed to stay, but a growing market is creating pressure for newer buildings. 

"The pressure out there is for newer buildings.  There's some space available and some room available. We just want to figure out what it should look like, how it should act with the street. So how do people access the street? How do the neighborhoods access the businesses that are there and the street? How does the mass transit work?" said Missoula Redevelopment Agency Assistant Director Chris Behan.

Residents NBC Montana talked with have mixed reactions on changing the area. 

"I think change can happen in Missoula, we just sometimes need to slow down and really take our time," said Missoula resident Cassie Maguire.

"I like how there is a mix of new buildings, old buildings. The old buildings have a lot of character, a lot of homes are in this neighborhood," said Missoula resident Marianne Smith.

More meetings will take place on Thursday. Click here to find the times and places.

The Russell Street corridor study should be done either in November or December.

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