HELENA — The City of Helena issued a commercial permit on April 21 for a new Taco Bell where the Capital Hill Mall used to be.
Helena’s current Taco Bell on North Montana Avenue is often busy with long lines that occasionally spill out onto the street.
A Starbucks, a First Interstate Bank branch, and a Benefis Clinic are confirmed to have buildings being built at the new “Capital Hill Town Center” in addition to the new Taco Bell.
D&M Development of Helena has been converting the roughly 13-acre mall site into the Capital Hill Town Center, a mixed-use development. Crews have installed new infrastructure such as water mains and sewer lines across the property. Also there will be two street additions – an extension of Sanders Street going north and south, and the new Vandelay Place east and west.
In December, the City of Helena approved the creation of an urban renewal district around the mall site. That means the city can use tax increment financing – setting aside some of the added tax revenue as property values in the district go up and using it for improvements in the area.