Open house held to showcase events center locations
An open house, Tuesday night, brought people in to see detailed plans for the events center sites. It was a gathering which Don Dethlefs said is a great way to give the public what they want to know.
"They're here to get questions answered because they haven't had all the facts so hopefully people keep an open mind. We've told people we're trying to objectively develop the facts to give city council and city administration so that they can make a decision," Dethlefs said.
The guests included those who are in favor of the downtown location at Cherapa Place and those in favor of the current arena site. George Hahn said the current arena location -- including the arena, existing convention center and new events center -- would be much more feasible.
"Having all that interconnected is a fabulous idea. It's kind of like a mega-mall," Hahn said.
Something like a mega-mall, he says, would fit nicely at the arena site which is already popular in Sioux Falls.
"To have all three connected has a lot of merit. It's a magnet of people for all sorts of activities," Hahn said.
On the other hand, Valerie Schonewill believes the downtown location is something that would bring more life, and visitors to the city.
"People who will want to go to events downtown are out there for the experience and the social aspect," Schonewill said. "There's more of an energy and it's just more aesthetically pleasing."
At this point, nothing else has been decided, but Dethlefs said he's pleased to have these two sites on the table.
"The good news for Sioux Falls is we are looking at, what we believe, are the two best sites in town. No one else is even close," Dethlefs said.
The planning team will objectively propose their final plans to city council on April 18th.
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