NMCDC In Your Neighborhood

The Northside Neighborhood Association (NNA) planted the activist seeds for establishing the NMCDC, which incorporated in 1996. That same year, the community initiated a neighborhood planning process, which led to the adoption of the Joint Northside/Westside Neighborhood Plan in 2000 and a citizen review of the Plan in 2006. This document, ratified by the Missoula City Council, is a citizen-initiated, government-funded and democratically crafted plan for the neighborhood’s future. It forms the central strategic document for NMCDC activities.

Since that time, the NMCDC has helped revitalize the Northside and Westside neighborhoods through new initiatives, programs, and projects. Below are just a few such accomplishments:

  • 1997: The NMCDC helps the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) found the Missoula Tool Library.
  • 1998: The NMCDC helps the neighborhood construct “Project Playground” with all volunteer labor in 1998. This state of the art children’s facility adjacent to Lowell School grew from public meetings associated with the development of the neighborhood plan. It has an estimated value of $120,000, and the NMCDC maintains a restricted long-term playground maintenance fund of $18,000.
  • 1998: The NMCDC establishes the Hill and Homestead Preservation Coalition (HHPC) to advocate for continued city ownership and preservation of the 13-acre Moon-Randolph Homestead in Missoula’s North Hills. 
  • 1999: The City of Missoula constructs the grassroots-initiated Northside Railroad Pedestrian Overpass, a 2.2 million dollar non-motorized infrastructure improvement and the culmination of ten years of community activism. It is financed with tax-increment and Montana Rail Link funding (the NMCDC and the NNA organize and work with groups to clean and remove graffiti from the structure).
  • 1999: The City of Missoula constructs the neighborhood-initiated, federally-funded, California St. Bridge, which spans the Clark Fork River. This is a non-motorized 1.8 million dollar infrastructure improvement.
  • 2000: The NMCDC signs a Preservation Services Cooperative Agreement with the City of Missoula, taking responsibility for rehabilitating the Moon-Randolph Homestead and developing education, agriculture, and youth advocacy programs. The NMCDC establishes a year-round caretaker in a renovated dwelling on the site and raises over $90,000 for maintenance, building rehabilitation, and programming.
  • 2000: The NMCDC receives Community Development Block Grant funds to establish its Land Stewardship Program (LSP) for the development of affordable housing. The program is based on the national Community Land Trust model and is receiving additional start-up support from the Institute for Community Economics.
  • 2002: The LSP completes its Whittier Court Development on Missoula’s Northside.
  • 2002: The NMCDC hosts the first season of Missoula Outdoor Cinema (MOC). MOC showcases classic films, shorts, animation, and local films with projections on the side of Whittier School every Saturday night in July and August. Now in its 12th year, the MOC is a beloved summertime tradition.
  • 2003: The NMCDC begins providing financial resources and staff time to develop the Missoula Community Food Co-op, a cooperatively-owned consumer food co-op with related community food projects. This partnership ended when the Missoula Community Food Co-op closed their doors in December of 2017.
  • 2005: The Northwest Area Foundation awards the NMCDC an inaugural “Great Strides Award” for its innovative work in poverty mitigation and neighborhood revitalization.
  • 2006: The LSP completes its Clark Fork Commons development.
  • 2006: The NMCDC purchases a 1.5 acre site on the Westside to create the Burns Street Community Center. This purchase was made possible with funds from the Northwest Area Foundation, City of Missoula Entitlement Funds, the USDA, a Missoula County loan, and donated local monies.
  • 2007: The LSP completes its Burns Street Commons housing development.
  • 2009: The NMCDC publishes a feasibility study for Trust Montana, a statewide Community Land Trust.
  • 2010: The NMCDC obtains a National Register of Historic Places listing for the Moon-Randolph Homestead
  • 2011 — 2012: The NMCDC obtains a federal appropriation and other grant money to invest more than $1M in the Burns Street Community Center, the Food Co-op store and the Burns Street Bistro kitchen development.
  • 2012: The NMCDC launches the Burns Street Kids program in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club and the Missoula Food Bank.
  • 2013: On behalf of Trust Montana, the NMCDC acquires IRS 501(c)3 status for a statewide Community Land Trust and coalition of land stewards.
  • 2014: The NMCDC establishes a Legal Defense and Education Fund to provide neighborhood advocacy for the White Pine sash cleanup.
  • 2014 – 2015: The NMCDC signs a lease with the Western Montana Growers’ Cooperative to construct a food aggregation center and new Growers’ Co-op offices in the Burns Street Center — further investing in the B Street Center as a regional food hub.