To the Residents of Shelby:

The City of Shelby was fortunate to receive funding through the Montana Department of Commerce Main Street Program and Community Development Block Grant Planning Division for the development of a Preservation Plan for our Main Street business district.

Cushing Terrell was the awarded firm to complete the plan. Chelsea Holling is our community’s historic preservation specialist on the project. The goals of the project include researching and assessing our existing conditions of historic buildings in our downtown district, conducting community and stakeholder sessions to gather input about the vision for maintaining and preserving our historic downtown, developing clear, understandable recommendations, reviewing those recommendations with residents and completing a planning document for the benefit of the community.

With limited social gatherings, the City felt it may be best to seek community input through our social media and email correspondence. The following questions are critical in the planning process and we hope you might take a few moments to give us your thoughts.

What are the downtown gems? Buildings, public spaces, places you feel highlight our Main Street?

What are your anchor businesses, the businesses you frequent most?

Is parking an issue on Main Street and what do you think we can do to improve it?

What is your opinion on the amount of neon we have in our Main Street signage? Is it worth restoring and saving?

Are there any buildings that you feel should be saved or restored and others you feel should be demolished and why?

Do you live in the Shelby city limits?

Are you a Main Street business owner?

Thank you so much for taking a few minutes to answer these critical questions.  Your responses are so important to developing a workable plan that can benefit our Main Street for many years to come.

Please email your responses back to me at shbcdc@3rivers.net or mail to Lorette Carter at Shelby City Hall, 112 1st. St. So., Shelby, MT  59474. 

I have a submission deadline of July 13, if you could respond at your first convenience.

Thank you,

Lorette Carter,

Community Development Director

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