Category Archives: Economic Development

Downtown group asks for $125K in TIF funds for tree maintenance

The Downtown Development Partnership voted during their Feb. 24 meeting to recommend approval of a request for up to $125,000 in tax increment financing funds over five years for tree trimming and maintenance downtown. The request from the Great Falls Business Improvement District would allow the BID to better maintain trees and replace any that are deemed unhealthy. Under city

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Planning board to consider permit for equipment storage

The city planning board will consider a conditional use permit for a property at 214 7th Ave. S. to address a neighborhood complaint. Sheffels Farms, Inc. has owned the property since the 1950s and the property has typically been used in a fashion that would be considered industrial in nature, according to the city staff report. There’s been little use

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Business Bites: Sound Pro moving; Game Night Lounge now open; REP Space launching March 1; Lewis and Clark display opens at airport; childcare scholarships available; Great Falls Clinic partnering for telemedicine; Sorbo speaking at Foothills event

Sound Pro/Good Vibrations Sound Pro moving in March to 1134 25th Ave. N.E., Unit 1 in Black Eagle. The store is holding a moving sale. The current space on 10th Avenue South will be available for rent in March. The building has 3,000 square feet on the main floor, 680 square foot mezzanine, a 25-foot by 20-foot garage space with

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City, design team update neighborhood on aquatics facility plans

Cover photo is a rendering from LPW Architecture  City staff and the design team for the indoor aquatics and recreation center updated Neighborhood Council 9 about the project planned for Lions Park during their Feb. 11 meeting. The city received a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for the estimated $20 million project and plans to use

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County Commissioners make planning, ZBOA appointments

County Commissioners made their appointments to the planning board and zoning board of adjustment. There were three vacancies on the planning board with terms through Dec. 31, 2022. Commissioners re-appointed Richard Liebert and Rob Skawinski who have both served 1.5 terms already. They also appointed Sara Murphy. County delays growth policy review again Katie Hanning applied but is ineligible as a city

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Business Bites: JJs Bakery closing; Little Shell office renovation; GFPS pre-apprenticeship program; Daydream Boutique going online only; Showdown ownership change

JJ’s Bakery JJ’s Bakery is closing and John Williams, owner, said that they’re going to focus on their other restaurant, Burger Bunker on 5th Street, to include a soup centered storefront in the space where Big Bang Pizza was located. The bakery will be fully operational until April 2. “We want to first thank our amazing customers that kept us

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City considering proposal to expand downtown TIF program

City Commissioners indicated their support during their Feb. 2 meeting for expanding the use of tax increment financing funds in the downtown district for certain projects by private developers. The proposed expansion for the use of downtown TIF funds, which are specifically regulated by state law, was drafted and presented by Kellie Pierce of the Downtown Great Falls Association and

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Civic Center repair financing on tonight’s Commission agenda

City Commissioners will be asked to authorize the issuance and sale of up to $6 million in tax increment bonds during their Feb. 2 meeting. The city is bonding against the Downtown Urban Renewal Tax Increment Financing District to fund the estimated $6 million project to renovate and repair the exterior façade and roof of the Civic Center and extend

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City accepting applications for COVID-19 grant funds

The city is accepting applications from qualifying agencies for federal Community Development Block Grant funds allocated to the city from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This round of funds is to be used specifically for the prevention of, preparation for and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a city release. The funds were authorized through the

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Planning board approves permit for downtown church

The city planning board unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a worship facility at 511 Central Ave. Abram Baca, lead pastor of The Potter’s House, requested the permit since the space they lease in the building owned by Gary Hackett is zoned C-4 Central Business Core. In that zoning district, worship facilities are permitted with a CUP. The Potter’s

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