Is the City of Sioux Falls having a change of heart about ‘Washington Square’?

Not sure, but this press conference has me curious;

Come to the news conference to learn more about the Washington Square project and how City officials are proposing to support the project.

As I have said in the past, I was opposed to the massive TIF requested for this project, but I wouldn’t be opposed to something scaled back, like a low interest community development loan, financial assistance with cleaning up the alley and upgrading infrastructure in that part of Downtown, even some kind of lease agreement with the city on parking. But a large TIF for condos doesn’t float my boat.



4 comments ↓

#1 Detroit Lewis on 07.28.15 at 1:44 pm

Guess I was wrong;

http://www.siouxfalls.org/news/2015/July/28/washington-square-project.aspx

“After a series of meetings over the past three months, City officials and representatives of the Washington Square project have mutually agreed to support the creation of a TIF District in the amount of $2.5–2.9 million to support the project and ensure it moves forward.

Specific project expenses recommended for reimbursement through the TIF District include site cleanup and environmental remediation, stabilizing the surrounding streets and sidewalks, and contributing to a portion of the costs to construct approximately 125 parking spaces that will be made available to the public.”

#2 Joan on 07.28.15 at 5:35 pm

I heard on the news this evening that they say the building will compliment the Washington Pavillion. I don’t see it, if it is going to compliment an old building it should be built in a similar style instead of being a glass monstrosity.

#3 The Daily Spin on 07.29.15 at 11:45 am

Joan has a point. Steel and glass doesn’t fit the neighborhood. Cold to come home to for renters. Taxpayers fund millions now and later.

#4 The Daily Spin on 07.30.15 at 1:03 pm

Obviously, the architect hasn’t taken into account hail storms. A glass building is not where I’d want to reside. However, the steel dings would remind of siding imperfection at Denny Dome. We’re stuck with it so call it one of a kind art.