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Railroad relocation project to free 9.5 acres of downtown land

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For many of us, that signature train whistle in the heart of downtown is a sound we've heard for decades. But, lately, the city has worked hard to move along the railyard relocation project in an effort to get that downtown switchyard moved out for good.

Removing the switchyard would free up about 9.5 acres of space for redevelopment in downtown.

"To add nearly ten acres of land to the mix and also free up some congestion is incredibly exciting to us," Downtown Sioux Falls' Brienne Maner said.

Brienne Maner says downtown is coming off of great momentum from 2012 with the addition of nearly two dozen businesses. She's thrilled to know just how far the city has come and even more excited to learn what could be ahead.

"We would see some mixed use, more lofts, residential units going in, and of course more shopping and businesses. It's a real economic stimulator and the sky's the limit. With that much limit, there's so much we could do," Maner said.

Just this week, Sioux Falls City Councilors completed an MOU or Memorandum of Understanding to lay the groundwork for a multi-million dollar purchase agreement later this year.

The agreement would include how to pay/who pays for moving the switchyard out of downtown.

"Getting all those entities in the same room and the same document is a big hurdle. The city has done an enormous amount of work to get here," Councilor Greg Jamison said.

Jamison, and other leaders, know new development would do nothing but good things for downtown.

"We've been patient and we'll continue to be patient. We hope they come with a decision real soon, we'll keep our fingers crossed and move forward either way," Maner said.


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