Planners from CTA Architects Engineers will unveil an update of the South Kalispell Urban Renewal Plan in front of the Urban Renewal Agency on Jan. 13. The meeting is at 4 p.m. inside the council chambers in city hall, followed by an open house from 5-8 p.m. Wayne Freeman, CTA’s project leader, will give a formal presentation at 7 p.m.
Over the last year, CTA has held open house events and gathered input from residents while also surveying the area. Kalispell city officials hired CTA to develop a comprehensive overview that could identify a list of improvement options that could reshape and revitalize the area. An initial survey found support for added green space, updated roads and business amenities.
A central topic in the discussion is the city airport, which sits in a 71-acre section in the middle of south Kalispell and garners mixed opinions. CTA’s report will identify future options for the airport, including keeping it in its current state or shutting it down.
DIRECTOR OF CTA SITE, WAYNE FREEMAN:
“While the jury is still out as to what the City of Kalispell will decide to do with its 70-year-old General Aviation Airport, this planning effort provides five (5) viable alternatives from which to move forward. It’s also important to note that through this urban renewal plan, Kalispell now has a development roadmap to redefine its entire southern boundary and south entry into the city.”