Push is on for business improvement district in Uptown Butte

A new push for establishing a business improvement district in Uptown Butte is underway and it’s seemingly far more organized and focused than any previous effort in at least the past decade.

Advocates plan four informational meetings next week, door-to-door visits will follow, petition signatures will be sought in July, and if enough property owners agree to a business district, authorization would be sought from the Council of Commissioners — perhaps in August.

Organizers are using $50,000 in grants and contributions to fund their push and have hired a consultant — Missoula-based Cascadia Management Group — to assist.

Vehicles travel through the intersection of Main and Broadway streets in Uptown Butte on Wednesday. The area would be part of a proposed business improvement district in Butte.

JOSEPH SCHELLER The Montana Standard

Shanna Adams, co-owner of the Hotel Finlen and a district advocate, detailed the push for commissioners on Wednesday night and talked about enhancements it could fund in hopes of drawing more Uptown visitors and patrons.

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