Making a Visible Difference in Communities: Montana
Queen City Crossing
EPA supported efforts to revitalize an economically distressed area of Helena, MT including the implementation of livability principles to benefit residents in the 6th Ward neighborhood. The focus area contains a large number of brownfields sites.
The neighborhood is in close proximity to downtown, new urban center developments and city parks, yet it remains semi-isolated due to a major traffic corridor through the city without adequate bicycle and pedestrian routes. Partners collaborated to redesign the intersection to facilitate traffic flow, increase connectivity and create a community-friendly gateway between a vibrant, mixed-use historic commercial/residential district and the downtown area.
Fort Peck Indian Reservation
EPA supported implementation of the proposed Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribal Sustainable Village in Poplar, MT. This project is being developed as a highly efficient, mixed-use neighborhood that will increase tribal business opportunities and serve as a community hub.
EPA provided Brownfields technical and grant assistance to address a former landfill and airport located within the Village footprint. Other priorities EPA assisted with included:
- creating healthy home, school, and work environments
- assessing and removing blighted properties
- applying green infrastructure principles to manage storm water
- providing climate change mitigation, training, and adaptation planning
- convening stakeholders for large-scale infrastructure and long-range planning