The City of Kalispell Core Area Plan calls for the removal of a rail line and related industries located just north of their historic downtown and the redevelopment of the surrounding land, 44 acres of vacant, blighted, and brownfield property.

  • Plan calls for a linear greenway and trail that supports existing and future development
  • At the time of the planning effort, the rail line was active. The plan created a process for moving rail served industries to a new location, allowing for the line’s abandonment. The last rail car left in December 2019, seven years after the plan was done.
  • Project is funded by a TIGER grant, federal rail loan, TIF funds and an EPA Brownfields grant. These funds will support the relocation of existing businesses, purchase and removal of railroad tracks, assessment and demolition of adjacent sites, and construction of the trail and amenities.
  • Key component is the establishment of new public crossing of the rail line area.

Similar to 5th Avenue North

  • Study area is adjacent to downtown
  • Land use in study area is in transition from industrial to residential and commercial
  • Reuse of rail area to spur adjacent land use changes
  • Active rail line serving existing customers
  • Railroad ROW is linear in nature