With the Midtown plan now in place, city officials expect private investment to follow. And as the fairgrounds continues to evolve, ensuring it blends seamlessly into the surrounding neighborhood has emerged as a key goal in both plans.
After three years of work, the Midtown Master Plan became an official piece of the city's growth policy on Monday night, laying the groundwork for future development, transportation improvements and grant applications.
Praised for its community vision and input, the plan looks to reinvent the Midtown district through better branding and place making. It also sets the stage for new commercial development, housing, greenways and connectivity.
First Security Bank plans to consolidate its Missoula offices into a new building planned in the Southgate Triangle, marking one of the first commercial projects to invest in the Midtown area in accordance to the district's emerging master plan.