Concerns over problem property


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – You know that people getting drunk, doing drugs fights and running from police all happen in Sioux Falls. But you may be surprised to learn just how frequently those things happen in one small area near downtown.

We started looking at this area off of W. 11th Street, not far from Minnesota Avenue back in April. We heard about problems that were making it hard for organizations trying to provide a place for people to get back on their feet.

We zeroed in on one block in particular.

Plaza 600 houses the Lucky Lady Casino, which has had some highly publicized crime in recent years out front. But it’s behind the building where many crimes occur, the ones you never hear about. We got the data on the last few years of calls and arrests in this area from Sioux Falls police.

“We came from Rapid City, just seeing everybody drunk. Coming out our front door, see people doing drugs right in the hallway,” former renter Candace Peneaux said.

In Eye on KELOLAND at 10, we reveal some of the problems here and then we look at what may be behind them. Plus we find out how owns these apartments and garages, including ones that have been converted into efficiency apartments. Even the City admits that probably wouldn’t be allowed by today’s standards.

We expose these “Secrets in Plain Sight,” on KELOLAND News at 10.

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