Category Archives: City of Great Falls

Next West Ridge phase getting started on northern edge of city

More housing development is coming to the northern edge of the city. A 4.9 acre tract of land in the area of 2nd Street Northeast and Choteau Avenue Northeast was annexed in 2015 and assigned R-3 single-family zoning. Earlier this year, the City Commission approved rezoning the property to Planned Unit Development to allow for a mix of two-unit townhomes

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Sheila Rice retiring from NeighborWorks Great Falls, new director search is on

Sheila Rice is retiring after almost 15 years with NeighborWorks Great Falls. “There comes a time,” Rice said of retiring, but she has mixed feelings of leaving the work behind. There’s nothing more rewarding, she said, than handing keys to someone for a home they just bought. When she took the job, Rice promised to stay for 15 years and

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Papa Murphy’s take-out restaurant proposed for west side

A new Papa Murphy’s take-out restaurant could be coming to the southwest corner of Smelter Avenue Northeast and 4th Street Northeast. The project will be considered by the city’s Design Review Board on Monday for initial review. The property owners, Mark and Susanne Dauenhauer of 4 Things LLC, are proposing to build a new shell building with two suits. The

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Commission approves parking fee increase; training requirement for elected, appointed officials

City Commissioners voted 4-1 to increase monthly rates for the city’s two parking garages to $51. They also officially established a pedlet program within city code and granted the city manager the authority to negotiate and authorize special incentive rates for bulk parking leases in the garage and surface lots for customers who either lease numerous garage spaces and/or pre-pay

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Portion of 2nd Street Northwest closed for ADA curb ramp installation

The portion of 2nd Street Northwest between 17th Avenue Northwest and Smelter Avenue Northwest will be closed to through traffic through Oct. 20. The closure is to allow United Materials to complete ADA curb ramp installation, a project that is a contract with the city. Work started Monday and will continue until Oct. 20. Local access will be provided during

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City staff propose changes to ethics policies, creation of ethics board in response to conflict of interest issues

After a tumultuous process for allocating this year’s Community Development Block Grant funds, there was discussion about revamping the process to reduce the potential for conflict of interest and creating additional training for members of all city boards, commissions, committees and councils. On Tuesday, City Commissioners will consider a resolution requiring those members to participate in training on principles of

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Montana Egg LLC seeking city tax abatement

City staff are recommending approval of a tax abatement for the new Montana Egg LLC, but not without careful consideration by the Great Falls City Commission. Commissioners will consider the proposal on first reading during their Tuesday meeting and staff recommend they set a public hearing for Oct. 3. Staff has typically recommended approval of tax abatements as an economic

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