City council approves money request for Deadwood plaza projects

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A pair of public plaza projects in downtown Deadwood took a big step forward Monday night after the city commission approved a public funding request.

The Deadwood City Commission approved Main Street Initiative's request for a financial commitment of up to $2 million to put toward two public plaza projects. DETAILS

This marked the first sum of money pledged to either Deadwood Commons, Outlaw Square or both plaza concepts. But Main Street Initiative believes this infusion of public funds will help attract private donors to the projects too.

The letter of commitment was passed with a 3-2 vote. The city commission also created a negotiation team for the plaza, consisting of Mayor Chuck Turbiville, Mark Spiers, Louie Lalonde, Michelle Fisher and Lyman Toews.

Main Street Initiative President Bill Pearson called Monday night's vote a big win.

"Like I said, I'm really pleased with the vote tonight," Pearson said. This is going to be a great addition to Deadwood if we can get these plazas done. We've got a lot of negotiating room here, and if we do this right, we can get that number down."

The negotiation team will work to obtain the CenturyLink building for the Outlaw Square project.

Pearson also said Main Street Initiative will now go to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for money. He reportedly agreed to match the $2 million in public funds dedicated to the project through the Governor's Future Fund.

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