SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether has made it no secret that he favors a proposed events center in South Dakota's largest city, but some people are questioning whether he went too far by spending public money to create pro-center handouts.
CHAMBERLAIN — A majority of 60 Chamberlain School District residents who attended a meeting Monday evening supported having the district proceed with an $11.2 million event/fine arts center, according to officials involved with the proposal.
The second anniversary of Mitchell’s failed arena election passed quietly last week as behind-the-scenes work continued on a new proposal.
“We’re tweaking plans and still trying to come up with a solution,” City Council President Jeff Smith said this week.
It was Sept. 18, 2007, when city voters rejected a property-tax increase that was proposed to help fund construction of a $25 million, 7,000-seat arena along the state Highway 37 bypass in northern Mitchell.
Mitchell’s proposed $15 million arena would be a long-term and “very economic” solution to the city’s insufficient event space, according to a representative of the company that designed it.
Mark Puetz, of Puetz Corporation, thinks his firm’s arena design is right for the city and will get built.
Their new arena plan is smaller and considerably cheaper, but the city’s Events Center Building Committee has come up with a working idea.
We figure that’s about one third of the battle.
Now, the real debating will, once again, begin. Questions remain.
Will the City Council give the OK to begin construction?
Where will the building be placed?
Location and funding are among the issues that will be tackled next by Mitchell city officials as they consider building a $15 million arena.
The arena proposal was announced at Monday’s City Council meeting. The design chosen by the city’s Events Center Building Committee includes 5,280 seats, with enough of them retractable to provide nearly 30,000 square feet of floor space.
The Mitchell City Council received a proposal Monday evening at City Hall for a $15 million, 5,280-seat arena.
The design features enough retractable seating to provide nearly 30,000 square feet of floor space.
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