According to this story the city has been very quiet about their intentions. I was talking to someone today who has been following the situation closely and they told me that the city will ‘probably’ not tear down the home.

I asked if they thought it may be because of the fear of Federal lawsuits? No. They said it is because of public perception, and if they pull the trigger they fear the blowback.

Which I find comical considering anytime we have a controversy like this in Sioux Falls the local media circle jerks around the story for about 3 days and everyone forgets about it.

Just ask someone who moved here a year ago what they think about the f’d up siding on the Event Center and their response would probably be ‘We have an Events Center?’

The city could tear down the place tomorrow, invite the media and food trucks and make a demolition party out of it and two weeks from now no one will care.


Last week I was talking to a local developer and joked that he should buy the Bunker Ramp. After saying he had no interest he informed me that building hotels on top of parking ramps across the country never works out well, and maybe he is right, Lamont couldn’t find the investors.

I go back to providing retail on the south side and building studio apartments above.

4 Thoughts on “The Bunker House will ‘Probably’ not be demolished

  1. I’m all for turning the bunker ramp into a competition car drifting (fast and furious Tokyo drift) entertainment racing attraction! It will go well with the other palace shop places they want downtown.

  2. D@ily Spin on April 19, 2023 at 6:54 pm said:

    Per constitutional violations and the judicial ordinance, the city can’t win in court. The McKennon house was legal action by the area historical society, not the city. Zoning there and at the south side palace had permits and approvals. Time for construction completion was not set. In other words, they have no case.

    The parking tower will always be there. It’s a valuable reminder for the city to stay out of the real estate business. They didn’t learn from the railroad yards. The railroad didn’t own and couldn’t sell federal property. The Aquatics Center has a cloud on title and on federal property. It’ll eventually come under control of the VA hospital.

  3. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on April 20, 2023 at 9:52 pm said:

    I love the drifting idea. AND, if one of the competition cars should fly over the side and then come crashing down multiple stories onto the sidewalk beneath, however, it could just be left there as an early or late SculptureWalk entrant.

    AND, you know who’s into drifting, don’t you? That’s right, Cindy McCain. But like the former president said, I only like women who have never been to prison and being beholden to someone from the Hanoi Hilton has got to be worse than a drifter from the Bunker Ramp.

  4. Archie Bunkerramp on April 20, 2023 at 10:07 pm said:

    Bunker Ramp, Bunker Bridge, and now Bunker House, I sense a theme here. Maybe next, Bunker Stadium, but why can’t we in the meantime build Bunker Roads? Because some of these potholes around here are as deep as the entrance to a bunker which even Hitler could admire. But then again, some say you shouldn’t tell Hitler jokes, or make Nazi anthologies, but I’m really not doing that, because we all know this is the local work of the local mafia instead. #DutchBunker #GoingDutch #DutchOven?:-(

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