City plans to make Main Ave. more "pedestrian friendly"
The city is planning some changes to downtown Sioux Falls -- specifically Main Ave.
This all came from their Downtown 2025 program.
The idea is to change Main Ave. to be more pedestrian friendly.
And so far, the city hasn't had any push back.
When you want to take a stroll downtown, you probably go to Phillips Ave.
But your plans may change if the city has anything to do with it.
"See if we can make Main Ave. more pedestrian friendly," said Darrin Smith, Director of Community Development in Sioux Falls.
He said the city wants to switch things up on Main Ave., at least for a little while, "We're going to start with a pilot project where we'll be experimenting and see if it's something that we can make permanent."
From 6th St. and Main to 14th St. and Main, they'll be expanding the sidewalk, taking out the meters and adding diagonal parking.
"It will easily double the number of parking spaces on main ave today," said Smith.
Downtown Sioux Falls is thrilled.
"I think is just wonderful for downtown. To have another Phillips Ave would just be fantastic," said Brienne Maner with DTSF.
"We're really confident in the city's plans and really to see how this could benefit some of those businesses that are existing on Main Ave. at the moment," Maner added.
Businesses like Parker's Bistro.
"We're really excited to see some more people walking downtown and wanting to eat outside," said manager and owner Nick Weiland.
"We've been pushing for it for a little while trying to get a little bit more foot traffic," he added.
He said they'll be doubling the size of their outdoor patio and adding to their wait staff.
But he's glad the city is listening to what they want.
"That's the best feeling when you can have a voice and something actually starts happening. Makes you happy people are listening," Weiland continued.
Smith said this renovation is only costing the city about $8,000.
The "road diet" will run from middle of July to about the end of October.
If it doesn't work they'll change it back, but if it does, you'll permanently have another great place to walk around.
Smith also said they were thinking about changing Main Ave. to a two-way street.
But the way the streets are designed -- it would negatively affect the flow of traffic for about a six block radius.