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Railyard deal may be done by this fall

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 Tonight we know one of the big projects Mayor Mike Huether is going to tackle during his second term in office.
 
We sat down with him this afternoon and he says a good portion of the next four years will be focused on downtown.
 
While it was once the driving engine of life here in early Sioux Falls, the passage of time has made the downtown railyards a bit of an eyesore and an incoinconvenience people waiting in traffic because of trains.
 
But this may be changing...in a matter of months. "We're gonna ink that deal with Burlington Northern, hopefully this Fall.." The Mayor tells me the deal that moves the railyards out of downtown may happen before the end of this year. If it does, he has a plan in mind. "Were gonna have 10 acres of land that is just going to be ripe for development, you know places to play, places to live, places to work, places to reflect."
 
The Mayor is envisioning 10 acres of mixed use area, where people can live downtown, work downtown and enjoy their free time downtown. 
 
Bringing residents would bring new businesses....which would bring new jobs and add economic growth specifically downtown. "We're gonna take a vibrant downtown, an incredibly confident city and we're gonna make it even stronger. We're gonna make an impact on this downtown and on this city for generations to come."
 
And Huether is hoping this emphasis on downtown will soothe the bruised feelings that came when the decision was made to build the new Events Center near the Arena, and not downtown as some had hoped. "I don't think anyone is going to be that sore about where our new Events Center is because we'll be enjoying it there as well as downtown." 
 
The Mayor says all along, he has had a vision of downtown being a vibrant, sustainable section of Sioux Falls...and that the plans for the existing rail yards will make that idea a reality.
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