City of Rapid City focuses on downtown development following Master Plan

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Rapid City has its sights set on downtown development. The city want to provide additional housing, pedestrian trails and create new jobs, welcoming innovators. And Ken Young, the newly hired director of community planning, is looking to do just that.

Young is "looking forward to not just development and growth but improvement” when it comes to the community. "How can we build it up, make it look nicer? Make the quality of life better?”

The city recently approved the Rapid City Downtown Master Plan, and Young says the plan is to fill the area east of Fifth Street with creative and innovative businesses.

“"That’s exactly where the city needs to focus right now. Having that east of Fifth [Street] join in with downtown - perhaps with a little bit different design style and criteria and focus - but being a main emphasis of our growth and redevelopment in the community.”

The downtown area is the main focus, being labeled as the “first ring.” However, the second ring - the areas just outside of downtown - aren’t being overlooked. The area is seeing new businesses and improvements along West Main Street. For example, the building known as “Landstrom’s” has been undergoing construction, with Dunn Bros. the most recent business to operate there.

Young says the second ring is "going to take in a lot of those areas that are close to downtown but are struggling a little bit - need some redevelopment.”

The city is also hoping to work with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, to attract tech businesses and provide support to new businesses that need incubation.

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