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Community revitalization planned in Butte

By Grace Ditzler, KTVM Reporter, gditzler@ktvm.com
Published On: Jun 13 2013 05:59:10 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 13 2013 06:07:41 PM MDT
BUTTE, Mont. -

Folks in the Mining City are talking about a new revitalization plan for Uptown Butte. NBC Montana spoke to local business owners and the Urban Revitalization Agency to see what the changes mean for the community.

The Urban Revitalization Agency met with community members this week to discuss just how to spruce up Uptown Butte.

Karen Brynes, the Urban Revitalization Agency Director, said the purpose of the project is to, "create an economic culture or aspect to the community that's healthy for businesses to grow in."

Local business owners said the revitalization of Uptown Butte is just what the town needs.

Chuck Schnabel, owner of Quarry Brewing, LLC, said, "Butte has all the makings to be a destination center, really all these great buildings built turn-of-the-century."

He explained how the URA helped him get his business up on its feet, and is excited about the potential for other businesses.

"The time is now for people to step forward," he said, "and with the URA's help and the new URA district to be able to get funding to do other buildings and help Uptown Butte progress."

The improvements won't just be for businesses. "We'll also focus on infrastructure improvements," Brynes said. "Roadways and lighting and aesthetics."

Both Brynes and Schnabel told NBC Montana this is an exciting time for Butte to grow and improve.

"Butte is a great community to be from," Schnabel said, "you just can't say enough about Butte."

The current urban revitalization district will end next year. Organizers said they plan to have a new district in place by then.