Category Archives: Housing

Planning board to consider final plats; rezoning; annexation and parking spaces

Several projects are set to go before the city Planning Advisory Board on Tuesday. Among those actions is the final plat for Buffalo Crossing, a 2.2 acre parcel along the Missouri River that was subdivided into six parcels, earlier this year. The owner, Holman Grain, is hoping the action will help spur development of the property on the corner of

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Locals honored by NeighborWorks Great Falls for efforts to improve properties, neighborhoods

Locals who had invested time and money into restoring or improving properties throughout Great Falls were honored by NeightborWorks Great Falls for their work earlier this week during the Annual Most Improved Awards. The luncheon event was held Wednesday at the new SpringHill Suites by Marriott in West Bank Landing. The hotel was named best new building by NWGF. “It

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Affordable housing project celebrated in Great Falls; housing advocates pushing state workforce housing tax credit

River Run Apartments, formerly known as Vista Villa, had served low-income residents since their construction in 1971 without much improvement. NeighborWorks Great Falls and Wishrock of Missoula partnered to purchase and renovate the property that is scattered around town. Some of the units are located at 3201 11th Ave. S. and on Thursday, project partners and Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney

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County CDBG needs: Belt drafting first growth policy, zoning regulations; Eden Community Hall in need of repairs

Dilapidated housing, economic development, zoning regulations and repairs to a community center were the needs mentioned during a Community Development Block Grant hearing with the Cascade County Commission on May 22. Under the state’s CDBG program, Cascade County can have one open project in each of these three categories: public facilities, housing and economic development. Currently, there are no open

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County planning board recommends approval of subdivision regulation changes

The county planning board voted last week to recommend approval of changes to the county subdivision regulations. Many of the changes were in response to law changes made by the Montana Legislature last year with guidance from the Montana Association of Counties. County approves intent to change allowable uses with special use permit in mixed use areas, considering changes to

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NeighborWorks Great Falls, BID working to purchase and redevelop Rocky Mountain Building

The Rocky Mountain Building may be getting new life soon. The Great Falls Business Improvement District approved a letter of intent to purchase the building that has been vacant since a 2009 fire. If the BID is able to purchase the building, once the sale is final, they’ll turn around and give it to NeighborWorks Great Falls for $200,000. NWGF

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Gianforte talks regulations, workforce training with local builders

Challenges facing the homebuilders and construction trades were the focus of a roundtable held in Great Falls earlier this month with Rep. Greg Gianforte. The group included members of the Montana Building Industry Association and was held in the recently opened SpringHill Suites. “It takes guts to put capital to work,” Gianforte said. Gianforte asked the group about issues facing

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City Commission scheduled to make CDBG funding priority decisions on May 15

Staff presented their recommendations for funding priorities for this year’s Community Development Block Grant allocation and on May 15, the Great Falls City Commission is scheduled to vote on the city’s priorities. The city’s allocation is $776,621 this year, up from last year. That’s significant, Planning Director Craig Raymond said, because the trend in recent years has been decreasing allocations

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County to hold CDBG needs hearing on May 22

Cascade County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on May 22 to gather public comment for the Community Development Block Grant program. The county is looking for comment on the county’s overall community development, public facilities, economic development and housing and neighborhood revitalization needs, including the needs of low to moderate income individuals. City staff making CDBG funding recommendations during

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County approves intent to change allowable uses with special use permit in mixed use areas, considering changes to subdivision regulations

County Commissioners voted 3-0 during their May 8 meeting on their intent to amend zoning regulations to allow a second dwelling or multifamily dwelling unit including a duplex within a mixed use district with a special use permit. The 30-day protest period runs through May 13. After that, commissioners will vote to finalize the amendment. Next phase of Ulm subdivision up

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