Historic sandstone building to be demolished following Hot Springs City Council vote

Earlier in the week, the Hot Springs City Council voted to accept the lowest bid for demolition of the Wesch-Oak building by RCS construction of Rapid City.

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. — A historic sandstone building in Hot Springs is set to be demolished.

Earlier in the week, the Hot Springs City Council voted to accept the lowest bid for demolition of the Wesch-Oak building by RCS construction of Rapid City.

State Highway 385, which runs past the building, is scheduled for reconstruction in the fall.

Despite some outcry from those wishing to preserve the structure, city officials say not demolishing the building could hinder major infrastructure improvements.

“We need this road reconstruction project, and to have one building jeopardize that, I don’t think is responsible for myself, the Council, and the city to run the risk of not having this road reconstruction project go through for us,” said Hot Springs Mayor Bob Nelson.

Nelson says the city has ten days to notify the State Historic Preservation Office that it intends to demolish the building and receive an approval back before contacting RCS to bring the building down.

Sandstone Building 1

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