Several years ago, a collection of community organizations and agencies gathered with the idea of creating an Arts & Culture District in Mountain View. This project, known as Mountain View in Motion, brought several arts and cultural organizations to Mountain View – including the Alaska Museum of Natural History, the Alaska Theatre of Youth and the MTS Gallery. Although not yet fully realized, the dream of a vibrant arts and cultural district continues.
Improving basic social and economic necessities is a very important part of revitalization of the neighborhood, in addition to promoting arts and culture in Mountain View. To this end, organizations, such as Cook Inlet Housing Authority, NeighborWorks, and Habitat for Humanity, have been working to improve available housing stock. The Municipality worked with developers to create the Glenn Square Mall, bringing national chains into the area. Funding has also been acquired for much-needed improvements to Mountain View Drive.
Today, Anchorage Community Land Trust continues to work toward important economic revitalization and infrastructure improvements. To do this, ACLT partners with the Mountain View Community Council and local organizations and change-makers. The vision for revitalization has grown from arts and culture into a broader view of a sustainable, healthy neighborhood. As owner and manager of four major properties in Mountain View, ACLT works to bring in new tenants and strategic partners – such as the new Credit Union 1 branch, which is the first financial institution to be located in Mountain View in more than 20 years. ACLT believes private sector investment in Mountain View is the key to long-term economic stability.
The neighborhood’s future will be shaped by input from the Mountain View community, as we continue to respond to the growth, changes and needs of our neighborhood. ACLT’s future goals include creating and adopting a Mountain View neighborhood plan, full utilization of the Mountain View Service Center, facade improvements for local businesses, and the future development of the John’s RV site.