Downtown Sioux Falls Rail Yard Redevelopment
Rail Yard Redevelopment Plan
The Sioux Falls rail yard redevelopment area represents a tremendous opportunity to develop an urban project that pulses with life on a strategically located site in the heart of the city; and to build a bridge that binds two Sioux Falls’ areas—the downtown and Whittier neighborhood—together.
The purpose of this project is to redevelop 10-acres of land downtown recently purchased by the City from the BNSF Railway.
A History of the Sioux Falls Downtown Railyard
This report summarizes the history and development of the Downtown Sioux Falls rail yard in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. A 10.25-acre portion of BNSF property encompassing Tracts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe 4th Addition has been transferred to the City of Sioux Falls for redevelopment. Projected alterations to the railyard include removal of track and demolition of a 20th-Century freight house. This narrative history was prepared to mitigate the effects of the redevelopment plan on the historic railyard and any potentially eligible component features.
|Develop details on new alternative||Sept. 2012|
|Update Project Management Plan||Sept. 2012|
|Revise MOU||Sept. 2012|
|SHPO and Section 4(f)||Sept. 2012—April 2013|
|Drafting Preliminary EA||Oct. 2012—Jan. 2013|
|Hold Public Meeting||Jan. 31, 2013|
|Draft EA Completed||July 2013|
|Hold Public Meeting||August 14, 2013|
|Final EA Completed||September 26, 2013|
|Independent Appraisal Completed||December 2014|
|Purchase agreement reached:||July 2015|
|Close on property:||Monday, November 2, 2015|
|BNSF begins constructing new siding tracks:||2016|
Redevelopment RFP Process
Development can begin:
|First developer announced to redevelop the southern parcels||July 2018|