February 6th, 2017
City officials announced more details on a proposed mixed-use parking ramp in downtown Sioux Falls Friday afternoon.
The City has chosen Legacy Developments and Consulting as a partner for the private elements of the project on South Mall Avenue -- which could include retail, office, and residential space. Meanwhile, the City says parking fees will pay for the parking portion of the project, which would fill a demand in downtown.
"Like all of our ramps downtown, this ramp will be free for public use on nights and weekends. Anyone coming downtown can enjoy those ramps at no cost which is a huge win for the public," Public Parking Manager Matt Nelson said.
Other members of the project team were announced Friday, too. JLG Architects is slated to design both the public and private portions of the project. Journey Group has been chosen to manage the construction of the parking ramp, and Gil Haugan Construction has been selected to build the private development portion of the project. Walker Parking Professionals and the TEGRA Group will provide advisory services to the City.
A full plan is expected to be presented to the City Council in April.
Legacy Developments has been named by the city as its development partner in a mixed-use parking ramp planned east of 10th Street and Phillips Avenue.
City economic development and public parking officials announced their decision Friday. Legacy was one of the three firms that expressed interest in working with the city on the project.
Its one of those projects that will really improve the development, the density of development in downtown Sioux Falls, community development director Daren Ketcham said.
But few details are available about the project at 110 S. Mall Ave. until more design is done including an estimated cost.
Legacys vision includes street-level retail, followed by several levels of above-ground parking that could add 450 to 600 spaces to the city's inventory..
Above that, were envisioning residential units and office and retail above the parking deck, Legacy CEO Norm Drake said. There will be a significant amount of unique outdoor space wed like to incorporate into this as the dollars allow. We want to incorporate something that hasnt been done yet in Sioux Falls on a large scale.
Legacy has completed several projects downtown, including the Security building, and is currently working on Riverview Square, the former DM&E building. The company co-owns the now-vacant property at 10th Street and Phillips Avenue west of the future mixed-use city ramp.
Legacy was chosen for the project by a unanimous vote of the citys selection committee, Ketcham said.
We tried to look at the fit of the team, the history of projects they had completed and some of the ideas they had shared about doing visionary projects in our downtown, he said. We also looked at the ability of the team to deliver on large-scale projects. We felt like they did bring the right people to the table with the right vision, with financial capacity.
Legacy ranked first in the selection process last year, and the relationship was finalized this year, Ketcham said.
On Dec. 2, 2016, the former Copper Lounge building, which was co-owned by Legacy and planned as a Lewis Drug, collapsed, killing construction worker Ethan McMahan and trapping resident Emily Fodness.
Certainly this is a tragedy, and its really difficult to move on after a tragedy like that, but one of the great strengths of Sioux Falls is our resiliency, Ketcham said.
We sympathize with the family and everyone involved, but for our downtown to thrive, we have to do a project thats been needed for the last several years, and were proud to have Legacy as that partner, and we still think they are the right company and the right team to turn the vision into a reality.
Mall Avenue separates the two properties, so any development Legacy does at 10th and Phillips would not connected to the mixed-use ramp.
Im not going to address any questions about that site and the events that have taken place, Drake said. Its an ongoing investigation, and until all the facts come out and are determined, we dont feel like its prudent to make additional assumptions at any point there.
The next step for the mixed-use project is City Council approval this month of a design contract with JLG Architects, a firm based in North Dakota that has a Sioux Falls office. There is $2.5 million budgeted already for the work.
The Council also needs to approve a development agreement with Legacy and agree to borrow money to fund the city parking in the project. It would be repaid by user fees from the parking system.
The citys parking system is fully leased and seeing increased demand, officials said. The new ramp would be free evenings and on weekends.
The city plans to work with Journey Group as its contractor, and Legacy plans to use Gil Haugan Construction, Inc.
Once design is done, the project budget will be established and images will be available. Thats expected to be done in April, when the full project would be presented to the City Council for approval.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for this fall. Construction of the parking ramp will take about a year, officials said, and Legacys portion will be done after that.