Despite City Council Friction, Majority Approve New Building Downtown Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls City council listened to resident input, reviewed the proposal and voted on the issue of a mixed use facility at 10th and mall in Downtown Sioux Falls on December 5th.
The thirteen story building would include a combination of city dollars for the approximately 525 parking spaces, while Legacy developments would partner privately for hotel and business development for the remaining portion of the property.
After an hour and a half of public input, Mayor Mike Huether closed the floor for further residents to take the podium, an action that was objected to by Councilor Pat Starr and overridden by the rest of the council.
Freshman City Council Member Theresa Stehly proposed an amendment to the to force the issue that all participants' names be made public, rather than only the primary participants of the private development company. The motion did not pass.
Councilor Pat Star attempted to abstain from voting, was advised that the only way to not vote was to leave the room during the vote, which he did. Several attendees applauded.
The lawyer representing the Fodness family, who used to live in the former Copper Lounge building before the building collapse, cautioned the city on who they partner with for any development.
Councilor Michelle Erppenbach questioned the order of approving the developer prior to approval of the actual approval.
The final vote was 6 to 1, approving the new building development in Downtown Sioux Falls, with construction to begin in the spring of 2018.
The project is estimated to cost $20.6 million. Financing would be provided through a second penny sales tax.