Columbia Falls to Consider Mixed-Use Development Downtown

Local developer Mick Ruis is planning to build a major mixed-use development in downtown Columbia Falls.

Ruis’ plan will go before the Columbia Falls City-County Planning Board on March 10 at 6:30 p.m. and then the Columbia Falls City Council on April 6. If approved, Ruis believes it would be a transformative project for Nucleus Avenue, which has already seen a number of new developments in the last few years. Ruis said he is confident that both boards will approve the plan.

“I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think it had support,” he said. “I’d say 99 percent of the people I’ve talked to have told me that they think it’s a great idea.”