In order to move forward with plans to revitalize its Main Street, Deadwood officials are looking at utilizing $2 million from the Historic Preservation Commission, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The effort to reinvest in Deadwood’s Main Street sparked in part from declines in gaming revenue.
The Deadwood Revitalization Promotions Committee has been in negotiations with the Century Link, who have a building on Main Street which has been identified as a possible location for a Main Street square. Although Century Link has offered to give the building to the city, in exchange for $4.2 million to cover moving costs, the city does not yet have funding available. The Revitalization Committee is seeking to utilize $2 million from historic preservation funds in order to begin negotiations and seek out matching funding from other organizations.
Dan Senftner, who assisted in development of the Rapid City Main Street Square, has also been hired to help move the project forward. Senftner noted that the square would serve as a place of gathering for Deadwood residents.
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