Request for Proposals: Downtown Helena Master Plan


Deadline for proposals: April 20, 2015

HELENA, MT – March 18, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Helena Business Improvement District (HBID) is seeking a consultant or team of consultants to assist the HBID and the City of Helena in creating a Downtown Helena Master Plan. The Master Plan will be a visioning and guiding document for the management and future growth of Downtown Helena. The planning process will be complete by March 31, 2016, if not before, with the adoption of the plan by the City Commission. Five bound copies and one electronic copy of applications are due by 5 pm April 20, 2015.

Helena is the only mid-sized or larger city in Montana without a downtown master plan. Missoula, Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Hamilton, Kalispell, and Butte – all have downtown plans.

There is a significant amount of planning happening in the City of Helena. The City of Helena is updating zoning ordinances and design guidelines, working on long range transportation plan updates, updating storm water infrastructure, working to redevelop the Caird property to the east of Downtown, and considering a planning process that would abut Downtown to the North.

The Helena Area Transit Advisory Board has undertaken a planning process to update public transportation within the City and County which effects Downtown. Helena was a recipient of a Greening America’s Capital grant which suggested specific physical changes in Downtown. All of these plans impact Downtown in some manner and impact Downtown dynamics. All of these plans were created or are being created in isolation of each other.

Please contact Tracy Reich if you have any questions or need additional information at treich (at) helenabid (dot) com or at 406/447-1535.


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