The city of Sioux Falls is moving forward with plans to try and build two new hotels in an area close to the new Denny Sanford Premier Center.
KSFY News has learned one of those hotels will be built on the city owned Elmwood Golf Course.
While the future of the second hotel isn't as clear....as least for now.
The city of Sioux Falls has a solid plan in place to bring developers to the table to build a new hotel at the Elmwood Golf Course.
"The first step in that process will be issuing very likely an RFQ or request for qualifications from the hotel development community specifically for a hotel on the Elmwood Golf Course site." City of Sioux Falls Community Development Director Darrin Smith tells me the only real specific in place is that the city wants a hotel built: when it comes to how many rooms it would have or the specific design of the hotel....that's what's the city wants developers to bring to the table. "Sometimes you think you have an idea of what you want or need and somebody comes forward with an even better plan and proposal."
But it's not just Elmwood Golf Course the city has its eye on for development. Smith tells me, the city also has plans for the existing four acres being used by the Minnehaha County Work Release Center...which, like Elmwood...is just down Russell Street from the under construction Denny Sanford Premier Center. "We think the best use would likely be a hotel and probably restaurant /bar development on that site."
But that property is owned by the county, meaning the county can do with it what it chooses. What the city of Sioux Falls is hoping is that the county will sell the property to a developer, one that would move forward with a hotel....taking advantage of what Smith refers to as a very good business opportunity. "That area really in a larger context is going to explode in the next 5 years it really is."
I also tried to get Darrin Smith to tell me what other plans the city has for the Russell Street corridor near the Events Center. All he would tell me is that there are other ideas in the works, but revealing them now could pull the rug out from under them.
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