Brooks Street Corridor Plan
The city"s Brooks Street Corridor Plan was completed in December of 2016 and released to the public. It outlines proposals for the future of the heart of Mid-Town Missoula. You can download the plan below.
The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce is against the proposal to narrow Brooks Street from 4-lanes to 2-lanes between Stephens and Mount and will be advocating on behalf of business to keep traffic along this important commercial corridor as free-flowing as possible. Narrowing Brooks Street could significantly increase congestion along the entire length of the street and push traffic onto the surrounding residential streets.
The Missoula Cemetery board is recently pursued a plan to begin creating and selling cemetery monuments. This plan would directly compete with monument dealers in the private sector. The Chamber is opposed to government entities taking over services currently being served by private business. The Chamber submitted a letter in support of our members in this industry and asked the city to reconsider the current plan.
Fifth and Sixth streets
The City of Missoula has proposed narrowing 5th and 6th streets from the current 2-lane configuration to single lanes with a "buffered bike lane." The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce is opposed to this proposal. These streets are important corridors for commerce across the city. These streets allow for efficient movement of traffic across town. Narrowing each street would create increased traffic congestion and would likely push traffic into neighboring residential streets.
Housing affordability is an important issue for businesses in our community. Businesses need housing for their workforce and for their customers. It is also an important issue for attracting new businesses to the area. (Economic Development) The Chamber has partnered with the Missoula Organization of Realtors, Missoula Economic Partnership, Missoula Building Industry Association and many others to work on this issue.
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