Havre Awarded Grant for Downtown Master Plan

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Montana Department of Commerce has announced that the City of Havre has received a $20,000 grant through their Main Street Montana Program.

The grant will go towards creating a downtown master plan, which is expected to cost between $40,000-$50,000.

“I’m very excited that the state of Montana agrees with us that this is a priority for the community and are investing in it to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars,” says Bear Paw Development Executive Director Paul Tuss. “This will be a foundational document for the city going forward in terms of what the look and the feel of what downtown Havre is for literally decades to come.”

The Hill County Community Foundation has provided $5,000 in funding, and Havre is hoping to receive a grant through the Big Sky Trust Fund for the remainder of the funding. That announcement is expected to come in April.

Tuss says they plan on getting started on the Master Plan as soon as all funding is obtained, and that the first opportunity for public comment should come this summer.

“We will execute the project (once the funding is obtained) and will develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) and send that out to planning professionals and will ultimately select one with the city of Havre to complete the downtown master plan.”

Havre was approved as a Main Street Montana affiliate community one year ago, opening up the door to apply for grants to revitalize downtown.

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