Rapid City Downtown Master Plan moves forward

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After months of meetings, plans have been made that could bring big changes to Downtown Rapid City.

The City has been reviewing the Central Business District Expansion Project, which has not been updated since the early 1970's. The downtown area could see an expansion of zones, regulations on building heights, and parking. The vibrant downtown area could also potentially expand toward the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

City leaders assure the community that historical buildings will be preserved and be consistent with downtown's growth.

President of Destination Rapid City Dan Senftner says growth is needed, but it should be controlled. “When you come and look at a city that is moving forward, the buildings that are going up and so forth and so on have some consistency. So things look controlled, they feel good, and everything is moving in the right direction.”

Senftner says hopefully they can bring the plan to the Rapid City Council in September and get everything moving by late fall of this year.

Click here for more information on the Downtown Master Plan.

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