LifeScape bid for street closure fails

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - LifeScape has failed to get the necessary votes to close off a street to build a parking lot.

The new lot would be located on Elmwood Avenue between 26th and 28th streets.

The city council voted 5-3 in favor of the plan, but closing a street requires a super-majority, or six votes.

The council heard from dozens of people and LifeScape employees during the public input part of the discussion that lasted several hours.

LifeScape CEO Steve Watkins released the following statement to KSFY News:

"LifeScape is obviously disappointed in the outcome of last night's city council meeting. It really sets the City up for challenges in growing within its borders going forward. We will continue to focus on every opportunity to provide the best degree of safety for our disabled kids, their families and our staff.

LifeScape would like to thank all of those that were in support of our ADA-based street vacancy request. We were also able to use the platform to educate the public on the continuum of services we offer to the kids and adults we serve."