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.

Downtown Sioux Falls Rail Yard Redevelopment

Rail Yard Redevelopment Plan

City Issued Request for Qualifications for Redevelopment of Downtown Rail Yard

City of Sioux Falls took an exciting step toward redeveloping the former BNSF Railway property downtown by releasing a competitive request for qualifications (RFQ) process. The RFQ process will identify qualified private partners who will then participate in a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process.

A copy of the request for qualifications can be found at


Rail Yard Redevelopment

Welcome to the City of Sioux Falls’ website for the Downtown Sioux Falls Rail Yard Redevelopment Project. This site is the source for information related to the redevelopment of 10-acres of land purchased from the BNSF Railway in 2015. We encourage you to review the project materials and offer your comments, suggestions and input via our e-comment form found in the Feedback section.


The purpose of this project is to redevelop 10-acres of land downtown recently purchased by the City from the BNSF Railway.
For additional questions, comments or to submit feedback you may contact Erin Bofenkamp.

Environmental Assessment

Environmental Assessment
Finding of No Significant Impact

Supporting Documents

Project Milestones

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:


Project Status

RDG, design consultant, is working on phase one deliverables including a concept design and phasing and implementation plan. An October update to Council is planned. 

Target Date

May 2018