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Couple pressured to sell home to make way for parking lot

RAPID CITY (AP) -- A couple is facing pressure to sell their downtown Rapid City home to Pennington County, which wants to build a parking lot in its place.

RAPID CITY (AP) - A couple is facing pressure to sell their downtown Rapid City home to Pennington County, which wants to build a parking lot in its place.

The Rapid City Journal reports the county wants to demolish Carol and Arnold Jordan's home and put in a parking lot to serve the county's expanding downtown government campus.

The couple's home is in the middle of a group of homes set to be knocked down or moved to clear space for the campus. The Pennington County Commission voted May 10 to begin the process for plans to take down the homes.

The couple has lived in their home for 30 years. The house measures roughly 2,000 square feet and has all the original woodwork and maple flooring, Arnold Jordan said.

Carol Jordan said $105,000 was the first offer for the home.

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"I mean where am I going to find a home like this, for that?" she said.

Mike Kuhl, construction project manager with Pennington County, said the county does not plan to make the Jordans sell their home at this time.

"I wasn't the one who has been in contact with them, and I'm not sure when it comes to negotiations and contracts, I don't know how much we should say," Kuhl said. "Our intent is to move forward with the project, but we're not going to take any action forcing them to sell at this time."

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