City officials, community members discuss vision plan for Uptown Butte

Posted at 2:24 PM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 16:24:26-04

BUTTE – On Monday, members of the Butte community held a workshop meeting to determine what is needed to help grow Uptown. 

“The focus really is to get some consensus so there is more commitment. At the end we end up with three task forces made up of citizens to who really want to see this go forward," said Patrick Sullivan, Director of the Professional Development Center for the State of Montana.

Attendees were asked two questions: what they want the sense of Uptown to be and changes they would like to see.  

“I think mostly the vacant buildings that we have, or the sense of crime and not feeling safe in Uptown Butte is something that we’ll have to face,” said John Morgan, chairman of the Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners.  

Business owners and residents also brought up the need for promotion of the area and bringing in new businesses which many believe will help the entire city long term. 

“We all need a good quality of life and it starts with Uptown Butte, and that will spread out through the remainder of the city,” said Morgan.

In addition to safety and promotion, the task force will also look at parking and the possibility of creating a master plan. 

The groups will meet with Sullivan again in about three months.