Concerns raised about parking ramp developer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - During Tuesday night's Sioux Falls City Council meeting, several people expressed concerns about the company that is investing in the mixed-use parking ramp project downtown.

Legacy Development, which owned the former Copper Lounge building that collapsed last year, will sign the 80-year contract on the parking ramp.

There is also a partnership between Legacy Development and Aaron Hultgren, whose company -- Hultgren Construction -- was fined roughly $100,000 by OSHA for the building collapse.

The lawyer for Emily Fodness, the woman rescued in that building collapse, spoke to the city council Tuesday night and said he wants to make sure the developer of the parking ramp is held accountable.

"You want to make sure if you're going to do this that corners aren't cut, rules aren't bent, that things aren't overlooked in the construction of this project," Attorney Dan Fritz said.

KSFY News asked Hultgren and Legacy Development to respond to those comments.

They released a joint statement Wednesday afternoon.

They did not address the collapse but said, "Legacy Development is honored to have been selected as the city's private development partner in this monumental and iconic downtown development project. We believe this to be the largest private/public development in Sioux Falls history and look forward to the benefits it will provide to the citizens of Sioux Falls, the downtown community, and visitors to our great city. We are extremely proud of the teamwork, vision, and dedication from the City of Sioux Falls, JLG Architects, and Journey Group that have enabled this project to become a reality."