A new project taking the place of the President's Plaza plan is one possibility that the Rapid City Council will discuss in a special January 23 meeting. City Attorney Joel Landeen had previously outlined five possibilities for the downtown lot: leave as is, build a parking ramp, sell the lot, request proposals for a new project (opening the process up to out-of-state developers), and requesting a specific business or developer to partner with the city to develop the lot.
Mayor Steve Allender had announced his preference for finding a new project, as reported in the Rapid City Journal. He has been receiving at least one call a week by interested developers. However, some council members have other ideas. Alderman Steve Laurenti wants to sell the lot, while Alderman Jason Salamun suggested a hybrid model where the city builds a parking ramp and sells the lot.
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