The City is moving forward with the next step for the redevelopment of the old city hall property along Sioux Avenue. Tonight, the Commission set a public hearing to take public comment on vacating the block of Chapelle Street between Dakota and Sioux Avenues.
“As announced this spring, Hegg Companies has big plans to build an apartment complex, a hotel, and an office space at the site of old city hall,” said Pierre Mayor Steve Harding. “To move this development along, the next step is to vacate the street.”
According to Mayor Harding, the street vacation was on hold until Hegg Companies closed on private property to the east of Chapelle. When a street is vacated, the street is split down the middle; each half of the street is turned over to the adjacent property owners. In this situation, if the action is approved, the lion’s share of the east half of the street will go to Hegg Companies. The remainder will become part of the city-owned properties adjacent to Chapelle Street.
A public hearing is required for a government to vacate a public street. The public hearing is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 30.
“Procedurally, there are quite a few steps that need to be taken for this project,” said Mayor Harding. “After the street is vacated, we’d then look to transfer the city property to PEDCO for sale to Hegg Companies -including the old city hall lot, our share of the street, and the county property we acquired at the corner of Dakota and Chapelle.”
As an economic development corporation, PEDCO has the ability to accept and sell government property and transfer proceeds back to the government.
“The project remains on track, and I anticipate site work will start to happen by the end of this year,” said Mayor Harding.
Once complete, the development will include an 80-room hotel, a 60-unit apartment complex, an office building, retail space, and parking.
In 2018, Pierre City Hall relocated from 222 E. Dakota Avenue to its current location at 2301 Patron Parkway.