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Kalispell City Council hears from the public on downtown plan

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KALISPELL - The Kalispell City Council met Monday night to talk about the plan drawn up by the city to revitalize the downtown area.

City officials presented the recently released detailed plan that outlines the vision and values of the town to the key issues and strategies and how to implement the plan if it passes.

The presentation gave residents a chance to hear how the city formed the plan and voice any concerns, grievances or agreements about the plan. The city will take the public input into consideration before either moving forward or reworking the plan.

Many of the residents who voiced their worries talked about the risk of creating more traffic on Main Street but one business owner and resident thinks more traffic, in a certain way, could be beneficial. 

“Those 20,000 cars coming to downtown are the right kind of traffic, but the 5,000 large trucks and semis are the wrong kind of traffic and they simply go through downtown Kalispell. I believe having the wrong kind of traffic that is properly diverted from to better-suited routes will actually lead to more traffic and the right traffic.” 

The council will take the public's opinion into consideration and deliberate over the plan in the next week before voting on it.

RELATED: Kalispell city leaders look to Denver for direction on downtown redevelopment 

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