Sioux Falls City Council approves 13-story building

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSOO) – Sioux Falls City council listened to resident input, reviewed the proposal and voted on the issue of a mixed use facility at 10th and mall in Downtown Sioux Falls.

The project would include a combination of city dollars for the approximately 525 parking spaces, while legacy developments would partner privately for hotel and business development for the remaining portion of the property.

After an hour and a half of public input, Mayor Mike Huether highlighted the positives voiced for the project:

And mayor Huether also highlighted the concerns of the proposed building:

Councilor Pat Star attempted to abstain from voting, was advised that the only way to not vote was to leave the room during the vote, which he did. Several attendees applauded.

The lawyer representing the Fodness family, who used to live in the former Copper Lounge building before the building collapse, cautioned the city on who they partner with for any development.

Councilor Michelle Erppenbach questioned the order of approving the developer prior to approval of the actual project.

Councilor Theresa Stehley proposed an amendment that would name all individuals that are part of the development, which was not approved.

The final vote was 6 to 1, approving the new building development in Downtown Sioux Falls, with construction to begin in the spring.

The project is estimated to cost $20.6 million. Financing would be provided through a second penny sales tax.