Amber Conger, Communications Director, Department of Administration - 406-444-5764
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 11, 2019
Montana Heritage Center committees held inaugural meeting
Committee members met to discuss the Montana Heritage Center project potential locations
MONTANA – Director John Lewis today announced the 12-member Heritage Center project committees held their inaugural meeting and were presented with possible locations for the new Heritage Center.
The Department of Administration was directed by the 66th Legislature to select a location for the new Heritage Center.
CTA Architects (CTA), as the previously designated project consultants, completed the required data collection and analyzed potential locations for the new Heritage center.
Site criteria was developed utilizing the importance of the Historical Society’s mission, its prominence as a destination for those visiting the Capitol area, intended function and use of the new facility, ease of access, economic impact, and adjacent land use, along with other parameters established by the legislature.
Per MCA 2-7-811, the Department of Administration directed CTA to maximize potential locations for consideration within a 10-mile radius of the Capitol complex.
The list of 22 possible locations was quickly narrowed to sites that met or exceeded the site evaluation criteria and comply or could comply through annexation, the requirement of SB338 that the building be constructed within the city limits of Helena, Montana.
Five potential locations that met site criteria were presented and discussed at the meeting. These locations included:
The legislature’s previously designated location at 6th and Roberts, the former mall site, Padbury Ranch, current state-owned land near the Montana Department of Transportation, and available airport property.
Director Lewis has the responsibility of choosing the final location of the new Heritage Center. Once a site is selected, the Department will continue to consider input from all parties as the design process moves forward.
Additional opportunities for public participation and comment will be available as the project progresses. DOA is committed to ensuring this a transparent and thorough process.
For more information on the project, including a map of possible site locations, visit heritagecenter.mt.gov.