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City crews to hold Events Center meeting for neighborhood

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The Sioux Falls Events Center project is moving forward.

Construction is expected to start this summer and a completion date is slated for fall 2014.

In the meantime, the city invited people who live in the area to talk about the future of the neighborhood.

Joy Reif lives just blocks from where crews will start building a new events center.

"The more events the better because then we get more business coming to town," Reif said.

And she says she can't wait for construction to start in August.

"I don't have a problem with it. The noise doesn't bother me or anything like that," Reif said.

She doesn't think the noise will bother her neighbors either since they already hear traffic.

"There are people coming and going on Kiwanis Avenue so it's not a big issue for me," Reif said.

In November, a majority of voters gave the green light to a $115 million dollar events center to be built by the current arena and convention center.

Hired firms and the city have been working out the details and plans are still in the works.

If you live in this neighborhood and have concerns or suggestions, the city wants to hear from you. The city is holding a neighborhood meeting Tuesday.

Reif heard about the upcoming meeting because she says the city put fliers in her mailbox.

"I was invited to go but I'll be at work but I know the chance that they are going to come," Reif said.

And she hopes the crowd showing up Tuesday will be just as excited as she is since she says the arena has been positive for the area.

"A lot of people out here are the older generation and they've been here for years and years and so they're one of the first here and they've never had problems with the arena, the way it is now," Reif said.

The neighborhood meeting will be held Tuesday at the Sioux Falls Convention Center from 6 to 7 p.m.

It will be held in rooms 8 through 10.

City officials will talk about the events center plans along with the expansion of Russell Street and new projects at Elmwood Park.

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