User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


54° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Work Begins To Demolish Oaks Hotel

September 20, 2010, 9:18 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

Work Begins To Demolish Oaks Hotel
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Work to tear down the old Oaks Hotel in Sioux Falls has started, nearly three months after the mayor held a press conference announcing the demolition. City officials said Monday that the owner of the building has a crew inside the hotel to remove asbestos so it can be torn down.

The demolition was supposed to start in the middle of July, but it never happened. The city says that owner David Graham ran into delays with the state to get a permit to remove the asbestos in the building. But, despite the delays city officials are just glad work to tear down the old hotel has started.

It's been an eye-sore in Sioux Falls that hasn't gone away. But, city planning director Mike Cooper told the city council Monday that progress is starting to be made at the old Oaks hotel.

"That's the good news. Although its taking longer, the good news is at least it's underway at this time," Cooper said.

Problems with the Oaks date back two years when city inspectors sent owner David Graham a six page letter detailing all the health and property violations at the hotel. A few months later the hotel closed.

But, that was just the beginning. Since it closed, the Oaks has been vandalized and looted, the city had to pay $2,400 to a contractor to board up the building, and Graham has been fined $1,200 for the violations.

Mayor Mike Huether and Graham announced the building would be demolished at the end of June, and the building is still standing. But, Cooper says the asbestos work that is happening inside is encouraging.

"We know a lot of people are watching him. We're watching him. He understands that and he's again told us he wants to make progress, that he wants to get the entire building out of there yet this fall," Cooper said.

And the city is checking with the contractor removing the asbestos every couple days to make sure the work is being done. 

"We know that the other surrounding properties are also watching this and are a little frustrated on the lack of progress. Again, we know he's working on it, and he knows we're watching him as well. So, I think he's wanting to get it done as soon as possible himself," Cooper said.

Graham wants to transfer his liquor license from the Oaks to a new downtown business. Council member Michelle Erpenbach said Monday night she's willing to hold off on approving that transfer until all Graham's fines are paid and the demolition happens, because she said right now the oaks is an "embarrassment."

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


Sponsored
 

You may also like

Woman Says Man Drugged Her at Concert, Hopes Story Helps Others

5/19/2015 6:05 PM

It was supposed to be an unforgettable concert, but a woman says she cannot remember it because she believes someone drugged her.

Full Story | Watch
Chicken Doesn’t Recognize Boy After Hair Cut

5/19/2015 12:22 PM

Video of a young boy getting a hug from a chicken is collecting a flock of fans.

Full Story
Former Sioux Falls Teacher Sentenced To 15 Years

5/22/2015 11:04 AM

In February, Drueppel admitted she had a relationship with a student while working as a teacher at a Sioux Falls middle school.

Full Story
Police Officer Killed In Omaha Shooting

5/21/2015 5:42 AM

Police in Omaha, Nebraska, say a shootout between officers and a convicted felon has left an officer and the suspect dead.

Full Story
Elementary School's Playground Destroyed By Fire

5/23/2015 5:14 PM

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue put out a fire on the playground of Hawthorne Elementary Saturday afternoon that damaged the school.

Full Story


Events