What will downtown Sioux Falls look like in the year 2025? City officials don't have a clue. That's why over the next several months they'll be seeking your input to help shape an area of the city they say is already vibrant, but could be a whole lot better.
Downtown Sioux Falls has seen many improvements over the last few years as part of the 2015 Downtown Plan. But that will soon expire.
So on Tuesday, city leaders announced the new 2025 Downtown Plan that they say will help guide them as they continue to improve the core area.
"You've often heard me talk about how downtown Sioux Falls is truly the heartbeat of the city," Mayor Mike Huether said.
To keep that heartbeat pumping, the city wants new blood to help shape the downtown area. It's forming several citizen committees and task forces, but also it'll set up several kiosks at major events to solicit input from citizens.
"It's not just about those who live and work in downtown or even live in Sioux Falls, but it's anyone who visits downtown or that we want to visit downtown," Community Development director Darrin Smith said.
The city will be acquiring 10 new acres of land soon when it relocates the railroad switch yard. Plus, it's still pushing forward with one of its older projects that stalled out during the recession: developing the area leading into Falls Park called Uptown.
The vision is to build an area that's richly diverse in dining, shopping and living.
"I think what I hear almost on a daily basis are the number of residents who want to move downtown. So as we particularly address the residential component, I think that's going to be an important facet to our overall growth," board chair of Downtown Sioux Falls Paula Brown said.
The city will also be hiring a professional firm to do a market analysis of downtown to study the demographics, wants and needs.