Shocker of the Day! Golden Dragon sells to Dudley House for expansion

As I mentioned in my post about the Bloomberg opinion piece yesterday, our food banks and homeless shelters are growing just as much as development in our community. While I don’t know the real reason why Golden Dragon sold to the Dudley house after a surprise vacation and ultimate sudden retirement, my guess is they have been in negotiations for quite awhile, and as a person who used to work for the former owner of the Golden Dragon at his former location (Golden Wall where Kaladi’s is) he is a shrewd businessman, and I can guarantee he negotiated a good deal, even if the Diocese is claiming THEY were approached.

While no determination has been made for the property, “the church does not acquire property for speculation,” he said. “We do it for possible future ministry purposes, but I don’t know what that would be. We consider affordable housing a ministry of the church. The proximity gives the opportunity for examining programing with various outreach ministries.”

Would you want to live in an apartment next to a homeless shelter?

Probably kind of hard running a successful casual Chinese restaurant next to a (large) homeless shelter. I also find it interesting that Dudley bought this property (which was hospitality) without consulting the neighbors or city for an OBVIOUS expansion of the shelter or subsidized housing.

This one is going to be fun to watch when they ask for a rezone and expansion. I know many people who live in that neighborhood (home owners), they are NOT going to be hoodwinked this time around.

I think is is disgusting how city planners have allowed the Whittier neighborhood to be the ‘social services’ haven. I have often argued these services should be along Minnesota Avenue close to the jail and safe home. Devaluing these people’s properties (that are already modest) by plopping these organizations in the middle of these neighborhoods is NOT acceptable.



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#1 Lemming on 10.04.18 at 8:26 pm

Its the new Sioux Falls Strip! Start around 6th and Minnesota and work east to Cliff. You have the jail, the Library which is now essentially a warming house, Community Health, The Mental health spot on 5th and Phillips, Lutheran Social Services, the Mission, the Bus Stop, The Dudley, and so on. Drive down 8th any day or look around 10th and Cliff some afternoon. Its really sad. Has to be a challenge to own a home or establish a viable business operation in that area. Now I hear plans to add more of this at the School for the Deaf just east of this area, and the expansion of the Dudley will only increase activity in this region

#2 l3wis on 10.04.18 at 8:39 pm

Actually a large church’s congregation in SF voted to purchase School for the Deaf. I do know they have some capital for a down payment but probably need financing for the rest. I’m actually surprised there hasn’t been an announcement yet, not sure why? Maybe they had trouble getting financing? But I also know that the Board of Regents can be Di*ks so who knows?

#3 l3wis on 10.04.18 at 8:45 pm

Am I also the only one that has recently been surprised that the president of the Board of Regents is the same dude who used to run the defunct RR company, DM & E that asked for the largest loan bailout in the history of the nation (several billion)? It seems Ironic Johnny Thune Bag’s octopus arms got Kevin a job. Have you seen this guy in front of the camera, slobbering on himself? This guy runs the Board of Regents? When it comes to education in our state, my advice is to seek elsewhere.

#4 JKC on 10.04.18 at 9:33 pm

That place use to be a McDonalds and I see that the drive thru is still there. So perhaps the Dudley House could make brown bag lunches there and freely distribute them from that drive-thru to the working poor as they head to work (like McDonalds) in our “Booming Town.”

#5 guest on 10.05.18 at 8:18 am

the endowment fund that the Diocese has is significantly huge. They probably overpaid because they can afford to do so which is good for the restaurant owner.

As for the neighborhood, I frequently visit Jackys and Nikkis and the grocery store there and have never had any issues or problems with any of the people in the neighborhood. I dont think its as bad as some make it out to be.

#6 D@ily Spin on 10.05.18 at 9:09 am

It’s a good idea to keep the homeless in one area. Makes it easier to round them up on election days. Give them a ‘Bottle and Blunt’, they’ll vote for a 190mil school bond.

#7 matt johnson on 10.05.18 at 12:15 pm

or maybe vote for the dems because they are told about all of the good things being done for them by the libs; where would you have affordable housing built? it needs to be close to services as it is costly to get there otherwise; it needs to be close to public transportation- or do we have to extend that money losing business to all corners of the city? it has to be on affordable property- the cost might be high but they are paying for a building they no doubt will no longer have a use for

#8 l3wis on 10.05.18 at 1:28 pm

That is the point I am trying to make. If they would have put the Banquet and Dudley house by the jail you would be close to the safehome, the jail (obviously), Falls Community Health, the Courthouse, DT Library, and the DT Bus Depot. It makes absolutely NO sense to put these services a few blocks from established neighborhoods and a school. Piss poor planning IMO.

#9 matt johnson on 10.05.18 at 4:39 pm

I might be wrong but there have been established neighborhoods near all of the institutions you cited (except perhaps the library- have to cross Minnesota Ave) and the bus depot(there for transfers and the fact that people work near there) for a long time also.

#10 Rachel on 10.05.18 at 10:21 pm

Wow, DS and Scott…not a good wow. Maybe we could quarantine the areas of town where there are homeless people. I live downtown and we like to go on walks in the neighborhood. It’s not people whom are homeless that I’m afraid of.