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UPDATE: Is Sioux Steel Development looking for a ‘Massive’ Record Breaking TIF?

UPDATE: Big Thanks to Snevelicious for following up on this story!

So this is taking place next Thursday, April 11 (City Council Meeting Calendar)

4 PM Architecture Ideas and Presentations

Held at the receiving building of Sioux Steel Company, 196 1/2 E. 6th St.

Please park on the west side of the Sioux Steel Building or in The Market

5 PM Heavy appetizers and drinks at The Market, 196 E. 6th St

The Sioux Steel Development folks have already mentioned they want to build a 900 stall parking ramp (or around that size) they have also mentioned using TIF. What they haven’t said is how much. I believe the largest TIF ever given out in Sioux Falls was for the Sanford Sports Complex (I can’t remember the actual dollar amount, but I think it was $9 million and I believe 20 years). The rumor going around is that the Sioux Steel will be asking for a TIF in the amount to cover the construction costs of the parking ramp a number that could range between $20-30 Million dollars. The largest TIF ever given out in the history of the city. It also seems the event next week is away to smooze the city council into this.

Some would look at this as an ‘opportunity’ for the city to get out of paying for a parking ramp like we did Downtown already, but as I look at it, we shouldn’t be contributing anything. TIFs are the largest form of corporate welfare. We should be focusing tax incentives on rebuilding our neighborhoods.

Oh, but it gets even better. Another developer is rumored to be offering the city to buy some of the RR redevelopment land. He said he doesn’t want any TIFs or tax reductions, but he is only willing to pay HALF of the appraised value. They always have to have something. This developer has already raked the city over the coals for other DT developments along the river greenway.

I think it is ironic that all these FREE market, ant-socialist Republican developers in town are the biggest socialists of them all. Maybe we should rename the area ‘Karl Marx Greenway’.

UPDATE: City of Sioux Falls dismissed from Copper Lounge collapse lawsuit

UPDATE: So I reported on this on March 22. After a couple of days I wondered why NO ONE in our local media said anything. Then it occurred to me, because the city didn’t put out a press release about it (which surprised me) or they couldn’t scrap it from another news agency. So this past Tuesday I ask Sneve at the Informational Meeting, “Why hasn’t the Argus done a story about this?” The next day the AL does a story, then as I predicted all the other news agencies fell inline.

Lazy asses. And I’m the ‘un-credentialed journalist.’

On Tuesday, March 19, Circuit Judge Camela Theeler entered a Memorandum Opinion and Order dismissing the City of Sioux Falls from the lawsuit in which the Plaintiffs alleged that the City had liability as a result of the December 2, 2016 building collapse.

Attached a copy of the Judge’s written decision; MMO_DISMISS

As I predicted, Sioux Steel site wants to get TIFilicious

And they are partnering with the King of TIFs, Lloyd Companies;

The steel manufacturer is partnering with local developer Lloyd Companies to redevelop the company’s nearly 11-acre property along the Big Sioux River north of East Sixth Street, it announced Thursday afternoon.

Rysdon said future parking needs will likely include the need for a parking ramp on the site for both visitors to the hotel and convention center as well as nearby attractions, and will likely involve asking the City of Sioux Falls for tax-incremented financing (TIF).

“The city talked about 3,500 parking spaces within a five-block area, but I just don’t think, without a ramp, that Levitt Shell is going to see the same volume of traffic that it could,” Rysdon said. “The success ultimately depends on us working together to build those cultural, iconic experiences and in that way, we’ll build an engine for growth here in this city.”

As I have said in the past, I take serious issue with giving Sioux Steel a TIF to clean up land they polluted for almost 100 years. You created the mess, you clean it up on your own dime. If the city needs your parking, we can lease it from you.

As for parking why not WALK or RIDE BIKE to an outdoor summer concert? We have a bike trail from two directions that go into the Levitt as well as several streets. There really is no reason you need to drive your car to events there, since you won’t be able to cart your own beer cooler in anyway.

Just sell the land and get it over with

Here we go, the city has a ‘new plan’ on how to ‘get rid ‘of’ the RR Redevelopment land;

Available properties will be listed on the city’s website, and interested parties will need to file an application and submit other items including site plans and building renderings.

Planning and Development Services will then review submissions on their qualifications and willingness to follow property requirements listed for specific properties.

Purchase and development agreements will then be negotiated, and the City Council will be informed of the applicant and their concept.

We already paid to much for this dirty land and never put a plan in place to rid DTSF of significant rail traffic. As far as I am concerned it was a failure before the ink even dried. At this point I’m not sure why the city has to know all the details of a plan, doesn’t seem much different then an RFP process – though the city council will know more. I think the city should just put the land up for sale to the highest bidder, and as long as they are following zoning and building regulations, why does the city need to know specifics? Let a developer go through the normal channels they do with any project they are building on land they own, and NO TIFs or tax rebates. I think the sooner taxpayers are off the hook the better.

Is the State Theater set to get a big donation?

Over the weekend there was plenty of chatter in the DTSF gossip circles that the State Theater may finally get one last infusion of of money to finish the project. Rough estimates would tell me that the State probably needs between 2.5 – 4 Million to finish the project, but I haven’t been following that close enough to know.

I have my guesses of who would be willing to put up that money. But the bigger question is the city involved in some way? The State has gotten small donations in the past from the city, but nothing close to a million.

My guess is it will be a private donation, if it happens at all. Not sure if the public has the appetite to give tax dollars of significant proportion to the private project.

While I would like to see the State open already, I also would like it to stay a private non-profit with little to no corporate or city funding. But desperation has a way of rearing it’s ugly head. The ‘State of Denny’ does have kind of a nice ring to it 🙂

Sioux Falls City Councilor Neitzert’s unfinished business

Last night during the City Council meeting there were quite a few accolades going towards Greg for his work on updating the Audit Committee ordinance. I would agree, he has put a lot of time into it.

But over the past year Greg has failed to follow through with a number of things he had told me at one time he was ‘working on’ only to find out from other councilors he dropped the issues.

The first one was overturning Rolfing and Erpenbach’s horrible ordinance that would require runoffs in council races. As I understand it another councilor took up that and it will be coming soon to repeal the ordinance and move it back to getting a plurality (34%).

The other was Downtown noise ordinance changes and a possible study. I haven’t heard a peep about this for well over 6 months. It is pretty obvious to most that the Downtown noise levels are a lot higher then the rest of the city (just with the trains alone). This seriously needs to be looked at with more development downtown and the Levitt Shell going in.

So why has Neitzert dropped the ball on these things? I’m not sure, but I have a feeling a few ‘elites’ in the Downtown development community got to him. Not sure why he backed off of Rolfing’s horrible ordinance.

We don’t need no stinking glass, or windows

There was a presentation yesterday for the new DT parking ramp and hotel. There was discussion about the changes to the structure. Besides the color and height one thing that was left out was the amount of glass used. Above you will see the proposed structure to the left, covered in glass in the lower retail area. The right image shows a bunch of pre-cast tan crap.

Hook, line and sinker. Reminds me of the ‘SAVINGS’ we got on the Denty when we decided to go with tin foil siding, that worked our great. I can’t wait to see the finished product, probably look like the London Tower.

Downtown Sioux Falls looking at more walkability

The meeting is tonight from 4-6 PM at Design Center (in between Mama Lada’s and Toy Store).

I think this is a great conversation to have.

An idea I have been pushing for well over a decade has consistently fell on deaf ears, and after seeing the sidewalks over packed with pedestrians this past summer on First Fridays, I think it is time to explore the idea.

Many cities (like Austin, TX) close off their downtown’s main drag on the weekends to vehicle traffic. I’m not suggesting to do the same in DTSF or as often, but I think we could try it on the first and last Friday and Saturday of the month for 3 months. Basically you would block 12th-11th, 11th-10th, and 10th-9th on Phillips so traffic could still go through on the East-West streets. You could bring in temporary picnic tables, food trucks and allow DT restaurants to sell to go street plates and drinks in plastic cups or cans. It would essentially be a big block party.

There would still be plenty of parking in the ramps and surrounding neighborhoods and most of all it would give people a reason to come DT and ‘WALK AROUND’ and explore.

I always thought moving GermanFest from that area was a horrible idea.

Like I said, I have been panning this for years, and I always get the same response – No reply.

Did Arc of Dreams try to get money out of City?

Remember the promise Arc of Dreams made to the taxpayers of Sioux Falls? They would gift the structure to the city from private donations – NO PUBLIC MONEY.

Rumor has it that they asked the city for a $50K donation, and ‘MAY’ have been denied (at this point). I knew it would only be a matter of time when they asked the city to pony up.

Remember the project was ‘supposed’ to cost $1 Million and has skyrocketed to $2.4 million. The donation was to go towards transportation costs.

I still wonder if they will pay also to fix the sidewalk by the pedestrian bridge they crumbled while building the foundations?

Some may argue that maybe the city should put a little in. I would agree, IF this was a project that was vetted through the public, it was NOT. This was cooked up by a handful of elitists in Sioux Falls who needed to stroke their personal egos. They can pay for it.

As I have argued many times, if the city were to spend $2.4 million on DTSF public art, they could find a way to do hundreds of projects that employ local artists, craftsman and contractors.

I guess we will have to settle for the ‘Swords of Sioux Falls’.

Has Bros downtown already been spoken for?

Friday night I was strolling DT and noticed there was brown paper in the windows of Bros. The rumor going around is that an already existing brewery in Sioux Falls took over the space for a restaurant and will have a familiar face as executive chef.

Waiting for an announcement.