Category Archives: Housing

City holding public needs hearing on CDBG, HOME funds

The City Commission is scheduled to hold a public needs hearing on April 5 for the city’s Community Development Block Grant and HOME Grant programs. The programs are administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. City staff uses information from the needs hearing to make recommendations to the commission for funding priorities in the annual action plan

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Outreach efforts expanding for homelessness, addressing issues at downtown church

Tension among downtown residents, businesses and church communities has continued over the First United Methodist Church on the corner of 2nd Avenue North and 6th Street allowing homeless people to congregate and sleep on their property. The issue has been ongoing for months, becoming a regular topic at City Commission and other downtown meetings. City officials have been working to

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Demand for new housing high in Great Falls area; costs slow development

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The Great Falls Development Authority released its housing market demand assessment this winter and followed up on the data with a housing summit on March 15. The assessment, conducted by Concord Group, projected that there is demand for about 450 new housing units per year in Cascade County over the next 10 years. Based on the expected split between owners

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Business Bites: Tire store for old Prime Cut site; new coffee shop planned; Great Falls Clinic expanding; housing summit is March 15; Malmstrom awards contract

Prime Cut A Les Schwab Tire Center is being built on the former Prime Cut site at 3219 10th Ave. S. The city deemed the building permit application complete this week, according to city planning. The project includes demolition and a new concrete block building for the site with a showroom, offices, six service bays and tire storage, according to

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City considering rezoning, subdivision for Touro medical school

The city planning board will consider a minor subdivision and rezoning request for the Touro College Montana project south of Benefis Health System. Touro chose the Great Falls location last year after working with Benefis officials for most of the year and broke ground in October. Apartment complex planned for site next to new medical school The city planning office

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County opts not to review growth policy; floodplain regulation review underway

Cascade County planning staff have recommended against a growth policy update this year due to “very little growth” in the county. Charity Yonker, county planning director, said during the Feb. 15 planning board meeting that the entire county saw a population growth of about 3,087 people, according to the 2020 Census data and that 63 percent of that growth, or

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City approves plan for $1 million in federal housing funds

City Commissioners unanimously approved the city’s plan for the allocation of $1.026 million in HOME-ARP funds during their Feb. 15 meeting. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 appropriated $5 billion to provide housing, services, and shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations, to be allocated by formula to jurisdictions that qualified for HOME Investment Partnerships Program allocations

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Business Bites: GFDA releases housing needs study; New City Church moving into former Tribune building; Leadership Great Falls fundraising for Alliance for Youth; new casino planned for 10th Avenue South; The Wild Hare set to open in March; Family Promise opening new shelter; GFPS hosting orchestra festival; Central Catholic gets donation for scholarship; AWARE working on office space; life coach accepting clients; work on downtown church ceased

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The Great Falls Development Authority has released its housing market demand assessment. The assessment, conducted by Concord Group, projected that there is demand for about 450 new housing units per year in Cascade County over the next 10 years. Based on the expected split between owners and renters, the assessment projected that it breaks down to a need for 190

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County upholds zoning board approval of townhouses in Foothills Ranch

County Commissioners voted unanimously during a special meeting on Jan. 31 to uphold a decision by the county’s Zoning Board of Adjustment in November to approve four special use applications for townhouses in the Foothills Ranch subdivision off Highway 89 between Great Falls and Belt. The ZBOA approved the permits to allow the townhomes during their Nov. 18 meeting. On

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County holds need hearing for federal funds; approves COVID relief funds for water and sewer projects

Cascade County held a public needs hearing last week as part of the process to receive funding through the Montana Department of Commerce Community Development Block Grant program. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and allows for eligible projects to make competitive applications for funding under three categories: public facilities, housing and economic

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