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Added comment from Legacy Development and Consulting, LLC


Work is starting on a downtown Sioux Falls building that will transform the city’s skyline.

However, Village On The River has already had plenty of controversy.

In December 2016, the nearby Copper Lounge building collapsed, killing one person and severely injuring another.

Following the criticism from some city councilors and community members of Legacy Development and Consulting, LLC, Village River Group took over as developers.

However, Norm Drake and other Legacy Development Partners are still guarantors of the project.

Here’s a look at the road ahead.

This is the future of downtown Sioux Falls. Village On The River is scheduled to be done by the fall of 2020.

“It will be one of the tallest buildings, if not the tallest, in South Dakota,” Village River Group LLC Manager Jeff Lamont said.

The 15 story building will have parking, a hotel and commercial space. We expect to hear the name of the hotel this month.

“It will be a dual-branded property with some meeting space, an event center and also some restaurant space,” Lamont said.

Lamont is the manager of Village River Group LLC, which is in charge of the private part of the project.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in the project. We’re excited to get it going,” Lamont said.

The development is a private-public partnership with the city. The city is involved because of the more than 500 public parking spaces.

“We’ve all heard the lament. Downtown doesn’t have any parking. That narrative ends today ladies and gentlemen. With this mixed-use parking structure, parking will never be easier in downtown Sioux Falls,” Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. President Joe Batcheller said.

A hopeful parking solution for a downtown area that is looking up.

“We definitely like downtown Sioux Falls. We think it’s a great growing area,” Lamont said.

After Lamont became one of the leaders of the project, there have been lots of questions into exactly who he is.

Hear about his background on Thursday’s Your Money Matters on KELOLAND News.

After our story aired, Legacy Development and Consulting, LLC contacted KELOLAND News. The company says the change in developers from Legacy Development, LLC to Village River Group was the natural progression of the project and had nothing to do with the criticism.