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Mixed Reaction To Events Center In Neighborhood

November 11, 2011, 6:03 PM by Brady Mallory

Mixed Reaction To Events Center In Neighborhood
SIOUX FALLS, SD - With the Sioux Falls events center moving ahead, those who live near the site are bracing for its impact.

Many neighbors are worried that along with big events, the new project is going to bring some big problems.

Penny Lindsay says her neighborhood is good for a lot of things.

"A lot of kids in the neighborhood that ride their bikes, scooters, they practice volleyball in the streets," Lindsay said.

But adding an events center a few blocks away is not high on her list. Lindsay says for seven years, she's enjoyed living in a kid friendly and safe place. Concerts and sports events are going to disrupt her quiet neighborhood, where the only noise she wants to hear is her neighbors and not more traffic.

"We already have problems with parking when they have bigger events at the Arena right now where people, the whole street will be lined with cars and there will be a lot of trash in street or up on the yard," Lindsay said.

Other neighbors, like Luke McKnelly, aren't worried about the impact an events center could have on his house or his day-to-day routines. In fact, he voted no because he wanted more of an impact.

"They should've went for it bigger, so we don't have to re-build it in the next couple of years or a decade down the road," McKnelly said.

Not everyone in the neighborhood thinks an events center going up will have a negative impact. In fact, some neighbors think it will add value to the area and say they're looking forward to having it right in their backyard.

"Few years back, you had Garth Brooks here. I believe he did eight concerts and they were sell-outs," Darla Peterson said.

Peterson says change has been constant in the 20 years she's lived in this neighborhood and she voted yes because Sioux Falls needs to grow. She says she and other neighbors love the idea of big events within walking distance. They're hopeful it will bring more restaurants, shopping and a little bit of green.

"I have a lot of friends who attend events in Sioux City, Fargo and Minneapolis. Maybe those dollars will stay in Sioux Falls now," Peterson said.

A few neighbors did say they are worried about their property values decreasing.

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