So are the Uptown developers going to finally buy the Phillips to the Falls land?

If I was a guessing man, that’s what I would think?

A preview of “a significant announcement related to downtown development” anchored the city’s weekly Listening and Learning Session on Saturday at the Whisk and Chop Cafe.

The session was focused on economic growth. Community Development Director Darrin Smith said that within two weeks, officials expect to be able to disclose a development to go hand-in-hand with existing plans that “will make 2011 and 2012 exciting years for downtown.”

Because just tearing down a parking ramp and building another one isn’t really ‘DT Development’.

Two components of economic development downtown are expanding parking and completing an ambitious redevelopment of the river greenway to make the Big Sioux River a focus.

Afterward, Smith said the undisclosed development neither precludes nor enhances prospects of a downtown events center.

Are they finally gonna break ground on Uptown at the Falls? We’ll see.


#1 Poly43 on 11.08.10 at 6:05 am

The giveaway is what Smith said about neither precluding or enhancing a DT Events Center. So I’d say you’re right about this developement. I’d guess if it involves Lloyd or Dunham we’re all in for a big taxpayer

#2 CCFlyer on 11.08.10 at 7:32 am

The announcement will probably be for a grand, major new development that will look nice on paper and on designs.. But will never get off the ground for years and years. You know, kind of like Uptown. I mean I would much rather live in a multi-story condo building facing a big parking lot and some wasted space up by the Arena rather than Downtown. “Uptown on 30 torn down Houses and Parks?”

#3 Scott on 11.08.10 at 8:31 am

If only Huetter could clone himself – just think about how much he’d accomplish! lol

#4 l3wis on 11.08.10 at 8:48 am

He did, his double is called Darrin.

#5 Pathloss on 11.08.10 at 9:19 am

Huether’s double is Burney Madoff. Lloyd and/or Dunham will buy ‘Phillips to Nowhere’ for $1. They’ll get tax abatement for 10 years. Without a sewer tap, it’ll be cheap to develop because the Sioux River is right there. Darrin Smith is like a lawyer defending Al Capone, what mafia?

#6 l3wis on 11.08.10 at 9:20 am

If they pay a $1 for that land, that is 99-Cents to much.

#7 scott on 11.08.10 at 9:46 am

i hope they put up a tgi fridays!

#8 Pathloss on 11.08.10 at 9:54 am

I’ll not respect a city administration that takes an $84 license picture of the car you’re living in and mails it to your only address (a PO Box). With large earth movers, ‘Phillips to Nowhere’ could become a subgrade grave site for the homeless. Moses should turn the Sioux River brown until the Pharoah Mayor succumbs to the economy. Didn’t he do that twice this year already?

#9 Sy on 11.08.10 at 10:01 am

It’s no secret that the Ramkota Group has been wanting to build a Hotel & Conference Center downtown. So they finalized their plan and are going in next to CNA, who’s already designed in additional parking to accomodate them. This is a great move for the City’s Core area and makes this comment by Smith all the more confusing:

“I don’t think it will have any impact on the potential of downtown for an events center,” Smith said.”

Really? Additional parking capacities, hotel rooms and probably another restaurant going in right next door to the first Events Center site has no impact?

There you have it folks, this Administration is going to cram the Arena down our throats no matter how much info they see on what a huge mistake it would be to double down out there.

Here’s a look at the project, hit the bottom view and you can see the hotel & conference center to the right of CNA:

#10 l3wis on 11.08.10 at 10:11 am

Thanks for clarifying that Sy, I figured you would know. I also knew about the Ramkota project, but it must have slipped my mind. I’m sure the DT Holiday Inn is excited about that 🙂

What I can’t figure out, is how is this going to be a ‘Big Announcement’ in the next couple of weeks with this being on a public website?

Could it be something else?

#11 l3wis on 11.08.10 at 10:14 am

BTW, on an unrelated note, in the second drawing it shows steps going towards the river. Is this for employees to off themselves when they can’t take another day of a piss-poor paying job in the SF financial sector, or will there be river baptismals?

#12 Sy on 11.08.10 at 10:36 am


“What I can’t figure out, is how is this going to be a ‘Big Announcement’ in the next couple of weeks with this being on a public website?”

The Admin. wants to point to this development and say “See! Downtown is developing natually without an EC” The same way they slobbered all over Graham for his Oaks plan that ends up being the equivalent of a new Super 8.

#13 l3wis on 11.08.10 at 10:39 am

Which points us to the past election (and the municipal one before that). The general public is misinformed and ignorant when it comes to what is going on in our community politically and developmentally.

#14 Helga on 11.08.10 at 11:03 am

“The general public is misinformed and ignorant when it comes to what is going on in our community politically and developmentally.”
No shit. I read a comment some where the other day that said turn off Dancing With the Stars and start reading the newspaper and get informed. Everyone should have read the Voices section yesterday. Not everyone is flying high like Snooki and Thune. People with jobs are struggling, even in good ol Sioux Falls.

#15 l3wis on 11.08.10 at 11:06 am

I read the poverty articles and said to myself, “Too little, too late.” This has been a problem for years (just not recently) and it seems that when the ‘Haves’ are doing okay in SF, everyone else must be to. Bullshit. If you want to see separation of classes in textbook style, come to SF.

#16 rufusx on 11.08.10 at 2:01 pm

You have to remember that Huether is a marketing guy first and foremost. He has sepnt decades of working within a discipline that includes and entire specialized branch who’s sole function putting out hyberbolic statements over every single mundane run-of-the-mill event/move the “client organization” has/makes, it’s standard PR stock-in-trade.

Even if “everybody knows” about it already, it still needs tro be pointed out, emphasized and blown up. The “Big announcement forthcoming” is typical language for this sort of “announcement”. Remember, it’s an “announcement” event (a loud shouting out – braggadacio), not the revelation of anything new, not an educational opportunity.

#17 Dave R on 11.08.10 at 3:19 pm

This post makes Billy Joel’s song Uptown Girl go through my head. A new theme song?

#18 Snooki Palin on 11.12.10 at 8:20 am

Sanford will be there before long

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