Several years ago, Missoula businessman and philanthropist Terry Payne entered into an agreement with the Missoula Public Library to exchange the 400 block of East Main street, home to Missoula’s recently opened, state of the art library, with the location of the old library on the 300 block. This allowed the library to remain open throughout construction, leasing the property from Payne, and then move a block to the west when its new building was finished. Most city leaders assumed the 300 block would eventually be developed by Payne for housing or retail. However, early in 2019, Payne and his family instead decided to donate the 300 block of Main and the existing library building on the site to the City of Missoula, with no restrictions on the ultimate use of the property. Recently, the City of Missoula adopted a new Downtown Master Plan, following robust public input both in- person and digitally from several thousand people across a variety of backgrounds. Throughout this months-long planning process, members of the community made it clear that a priority of this plan should be to retain Downtown Missoula’s authentic identity, rugged nature, and its inclusivity and attainability, while it develops strategically to remain economically competitive. The Payne Block is ready for an innovative project that utilizes design ideas from the Downtown Master Plan and expands on the recent transformation of this vibrant block of Missoula’s downtown. Development opportunities exist for housing and commercial development and its adjacency to the new library and 3 new downtown hotels make it ready for creative public/private partnerships.