The Missoula City Council wants to find out if the East Broadway area is a candidate for urban redevelopment funds.

On Monday at its regular meeting, the council voted unanimously to allow the Missoula Redevelopment Agency to investigate whether the neighborhood from Madison Avenue to an as-yet-to-be-determined point to the east can qualify as an urban renewal district.

Councilman Jason Wiener said he views the area as similar to the Brooks Street corridor. They both were developed in the 1970s, mostly around automobile travel.

East Broadway from the railroad tracks to the Clark Fork River might have the potential for new developments such as more residential, Wiener said. He also wants to preserve the pluses that already exist.

“I sure hope they don’t take Ace away,” said Wiener, a frequent customer of the hardware and supply store.

At the short meeting, Councilman Bob Jaffe reminded the public about an open house Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine St., to discuss new regulations for soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

Reach Keila Szpaller at @keilaszpaller, at keila.szpaller@missoulian.com or at (406) 523-5262.

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Higher Education Reporter

Higher education / University of Montana reporter for the Missoulian.