Rapid City residents voted Tuesday on a $130 million proposal to replace the Barnett Arena in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, reports KSFY News. This is after citizens rejected a previous $180 million proposal three years ago.
17,034 people voted on this proposal Tuesday, with 10,968 (64 percent) voicing their support for the measure. Had this measure failed to pass the popular vote, Rapid City would have still been required to renovate the existing arena to be in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, at a cost to the city of $28 million.
Mayor Steve Allender has said that the city plans to begin construction on the new arena next year and hopes to see its completion within two years.
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