When you head to Downtown Sioux Falls, where do you park?
With a plan to transform the Huey building along Phillips Avenue, construction of Levitt of the Falls and the Railyard Redevelopment, that question is becoming more pressing.
Jennifer Satter is meeting up with her girlfriends in Downtown Sioux Falls and agrees it’s a hunt.
“You drive around the block three or four times. There was one time we were going to eat at a restaurant, and we absolutely gave up because we couldn’t find a place to park and we went to Brookings to eat,” said Satter.
Not only will it lead you on a goose chase around the block, Satter says it will empty your wallet too.
“When we come to visit in Sioux Falls, we need to bring a roll of quarters before we park because that’s how many we’re going to need and we’ll have to keep running back and forth to the car,” Satter said.
There about 10,000 parking spots within Downtown Sioux Falls. The City tells me about one third of those are for public use.
That’s just over 3,300. The goal is to add 500 more.
The City’s Public Parking Manager Matt Nelson says the new housing, shopping and entertainment developments won’t encroach on existing spots.
“They’ll have to provide a lot of their own parking on site. Where we’re building our public ramp on 10th and Phillips it’s a lot of shared use parking,” said Nelson.
And the future for parking, Nelson says get ready for more ramps.
“You may not get a spot directly on Phillips Avenue in front of that restaurant you want to go to, take a half block drive to the North, West, East or South and you’re going to find a parking ramp with a lot of parking available,” Nelson said.
The City of Sioux Falls is investing more than $20 million in the mixed used parking ramp on 10th and Phillips Avenue.
It’s expected to be complete by Fall of 2020.