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Deadwood officials grapple with public building's next step

DEADWOOD (AP) -- City officials haven't been able to decide what to do with a public building in Deadwood. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the city commission didn't take action on the Deadwood Pavilion building at its meeting Monday despite...

DEADWOOD (AP) - City officials haven't been able to decide what to do with a public building in Deadwood.

The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the city commission didn't take action on the Deadwood Pavilion building at its meeting Monday despite a motion to sell the structure.

"We have an obligation to taxpayers to surplus the property," Commissioner Jim Den Eykel said. "There are $35,000 to $40,000 in operating costs. . as we'd dictated by resolution, I would make a motion to proceed with surplus and selling of the pavilion."

He added that he would like to request proposals from local relators on how to proceed.

Eykel's motion lacked a second. This was the second time he suggested such a move, with the motion he made in January 2015 also failing for a lack of a second.

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The commission approved a resolution in January to surplus the Pavilion. The building currently houses the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce, which is planning to move to a welcome center that will be completed in 2017.

Lori Frederick of Deadwood Lead Economic Development Corp. told the commission Monday that the organization has been actively pursuing businesses to occupy the property. She said she has talked to five companies that are considering in the space, but that if the property is listed now, it would likely take the interested parties off the table.

Commissioners said they would like to see the property used as a means of job creation.

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