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'Village for Vehicles?'

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) -- What was supposed to be one of the biggest buildings in South Dakota, is turning out to be one of the biggest flops according to one local architect. 

Chase Kramer of TSP, who has worked on some projects in downtown Sioux Falls, wrote a blog about it this morning, saying what was supposed to be a vibrant high rise development is now an architectural tragedy. 

Despite this week's setback, work continues on the now multi-million dollar re-enforced parking ramp.

"It's over built and if it stays as is, it's kind of waste of money," architect Chase Kramer said. 

Kramer, who used to serve on the downtown design committee, slammed the project in his most recent blog; calling this area, a once sought after piece of real estate, now the 'Village of Vehicles.'

"The Village of Vehicles, yeah, we got a nice parking ramp right next to it here that serves its purpose, but was well thought out as a stand alone parking ramp, this is not thought out to be a stand alone parking ramp, they can't leave it unfinished like that," Kramer said. 

Kramer hopes some developers step up to continue to make this project a mixed-use one.  

"I didn't work on the building, I don't know the details of it, but what I understand the structure of the design was to support additional stories and an adjacent building next to it, it can't stand alone on itself, because it's not meant to engage the street, those other components were meant to engage the street to create that vibrant downtown that we are all used to in downtown Sioux Falls," Kramer said. 

"In your opinion it's still doable?  Absolutely, I don't think the downtown community is going to let it sit as they say 'a stand alone' parking ramp, there's going to be something that happens, I'm interested to see where the story goes," Kramer said. 

Kramer hopes the bad press doesn't discourage other potential developers to step forward. 
 


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