The latest: Village on the River

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — At more than 250 feet tall, a large crane became a familiar site in Downtown Sioux Falls.

Although it’s gone now, there are still questions about the site of the stalled multi-million dollar project.

Workers packed up the crane that was going to help build what would’ve been one of the tallest buildings in South Dakota — the Village on the River. The high profile project brought construction teams and shut down part of 10th Street near Phillips Avenue.

In April, the city notified Village River Group that it was in default on the project and gave it a month to resolve it, but the city says VRG has failed to do that.

A month later, KELOLAND News reported the city terminated the agreement with the VRG. The 15-story project that was supposed to include a hotel, restaurants and other businesses.

There are still signs for Village on the River up and you can still see workers in the parking ramp. Mayor Paul TenHaken’s chief of staff, Erica Beck, declined an on-camera interview, but said we could email questions about the project.

One of the questions we asked is what’s going to happen to the $21 million parking parking ramp that was meant to fit the Village on the River development. We also want to know when all lanes of traffic will re-open and when the city will clear off some of the sidewalks near the project.

We’re still waiting on a response, and will update this story when we get one.

In the past, the City hasn’t commented on this project because of the possibility of a lawsuit. City leaders say they haven’t ruled out a private development at the site in the future, but say the main focus right now is finishing the parking ramp.

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