Mayor gets his way and squeezes $50K out of Glory House for (half) the land

Not only does the city make sure they pay ‘something’ for the land, they only let them have half of what was requested;

Under the deal, the city would raze the existing building and divide the property it owns there into three pieces. A 9,000-square-foot parcel would be sold to the Glory House for $50,000, while another 43,000-square-feet would be gifted.

Mayor Mike Huether and his administrators have resisted the move, saying it’s not in taxpayers’ interest to give away city assets, even if it’s an empty building used for miscellaneous storage. Last month, City Planning Director Mike Cooper and Public Works Director Mark Cotter were in front of the City Council when they shared a recent appraisal that valued the park land at $675,000.

It’s funny how the mayor just couldn’t stand to give this land away and cut a back door deal with the Glory House to side step the council. Yet $500k for a tennis center bearing the mayor’s name is no problem at all for the good taxpayers of Sioux Falls.


#1 The D@ily Spin on 04.12.17 at 8:21 am

Huether’s ego is disgusting. If it’s tennis or swimming for rich people it comes from public funds. If it’s for the impoverished it comes from private charity.

#2 Legerdemain on 04.12.17 at 10:48 am

I’m just glad the property is going to the Glory House. The price tag is nominal.

#3 Emoluments Clause on 04.12.17 at 10:50 am

“A Tale of Two Cities”…….

#4 The D@ily Spin on 04.12.17 at 12:04 pm

More proof that Strong Mayor Charter is fascism.

#5 LJL on 04.12.17 at 7:42 pm

The 50K is really a wash as the city will tear down and hall away the ice rink. Also, I beleive a sliver of the land is set aside for when 49 street is finished in 2050.

The mayor gets to save face…. That was priority #1.