Following a public hearing on Aug. 30, the Pierre City Commission agreed to vacate one block of Chapelle Street. The Commission action paves the way for a major downtown redevelopment plan that was unveiled this spring.
The block of Chapelle Street, stretching from Sioux Ave. to Dakota Ave., will be split down the middle; the property owners on the east and west sides of the street will gain the portion of the street adjacent to their property. The City currently owns all the property to the west, and a small piece of property on the east side of the vacated street. Hegg Companies, a Sioux Falls real estate development company, owns the remainder of the property on the east side of Chapelle.
“This move frees up the additional land needed to fully realize the development planned near the old City Hall property,” said Pierre Mayor Steve Harding. “By vacating the street, we can make one large lot stretching from the alley east of Chapelle all the way to Highland Ave.”
Hegg Companies, a Sioux Falls real estate development company, plans to build an 80-room hotel, a 60-unit apartment complex, an office building, and retail space on that large lot.
With the vacation of Chapelle Street, the City will transfer its property to PEDCO. As an economic development corporation, PEDCO can sell that property to Hegg and transfer the proceeds back to the City.
Mayor Harding said, “Soon the fun part can begin! Once all the land has been transferred and sold, demolition work can begin at the site. If the schedule remains intact, we’ll start to see that happen yet this year.”
In 2018, Pierre City Hall relocated from 222 E. Dakota Avenue to its current location at 2301 Patron Parkway.