Flathead Beacon | Dillon Tabish | August 30, 2017
With the groundbreaking of a long-awaited rail park, Kalispell’s ambitious vision for a revitalized core area is coming into focus“This is truly a transformative moment,” Kalispell Mayor Mark Johnson said last week, speaking to more than 200 people gathered in a dusty, wide-open lot tucked along the eastern outskirts of town.
“This is the moment in history 50 years from now we will look back on and realize the pain and sacrifices we made were well worth the effort.”
The bold declaration on Aug. 22 set the stage for a groundbreaking ceremony several years in the making, following countless public and private meetings. It also set the tone for a seismic event that could reverberate across Kalispell and dramatically reshape the landscape in the years to come.
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