It’s a historic project for the city of Sioux Falls.
Now changes are coming to the downtown rail yard redevelopment plan.
Last summer city leaders announced the first project. The City selected the $70 million development after a request for proposals and a process that took months. That project ultimately fell through, and now the City is switching gears.
“One of the things with our previous process is there was a hard deadline, so you could only get so many people. They had to be ready,” Urban Planner Dustin Powers said.
Instead of developers submitting requests and the city choosing just one project at a time, now anyone can submit a proposal online at anytime for part of the ten acres.
“We’re leaving it open-ended, so there’s not a hard deadline. Someone may come in right away. Others may be six or twelve months from now,” Powers said.
Powers says this will make the process more efficient, but applicants will still be held to high standards. If the project is ultimately approved by Planning and Development Services, it then needs city council approval.
“We’re not necessarily looking at selling all of the property tomorrow. We want to make sure we’re getting the best use for the property, and that could take several years,” Powers said.
More years for a development that’s been almost two decades in the making.
You can take a closer look at the redevelopment plan and the land for sale on the city’s website.