The Civic Center expansion has been the central topic of Rapid City politics since December. On March 10, Rapid City voters decided not to approve financing the expansion. Around 13,000 people voted, more than the 10,300 who voted in the 2013 mayoral election according to the Rapid City Journal.
With the expansion defeated, the question is "What's next?" The city is still responsible for addressing the ADA issues with the Civic Center. The Rapid City Journal spoke with various community leaders after the vote. Mayor Sam Kooiker hinted at a possible hybrid plan for revising and expanding at a lower cost. However, as the defeated plan had three and a half years of planning behind it, there might not be time to come up with a new plan in the time frame available. Fix the Plan spokesman Richard Wahlstrom suggested any supporters of the defeated plan would need to be removed before any new plan would be considered.
Read past articles on the Civic Center in our archive.