On May 9, the Pierre City Commission took first reading of a request to replat the old City Hall lot and adjacent properties into one parcel.
Specifically, the request is to combine the old City Hall lot along Sioux Avenue, the former Pryntcom Properties and Hughes County Health building, and the vacated portion of Chapelle Street. If approved by the City Commission, the action will form one large lot to make way for an 81-unit hotel, 60-unit apartment building with underground parking, and an office building.
The replat plan was requested by Chapelle Investments. Chapelle is affiliated with Hegg Companies, the private development firm behind the commercial development project. The replat request was heard by the City Planning Commission on May 8; the Planning Commission recommended approval.
Pierre City Commissioner Jamie Huizenga says that this is the next step needed to move this project toward completion.
“As I understand it, to start firming up traffic flows, this replat is necessary. It allows the developer and the state Dept. of Transportation to formalize access points between the future development and Sioux Avenue which is, of course, a state highway,” said Comm. Huizenga.
The proposed plat will be back in front of the City Commission on May 16 for consideration and action.
Redevelopment of the old City Hall lot and adjacent properties was announced in May 2022. Since then a variety of commission action has taken place to allow the project to continue. This includes, the sale of city-owned property to Chapelle Investments, vacating a portion of Chapelle Street to provide enough adjoining land for the planned development, and development of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District at the site.
Demolition work of the vacant buildings at the development site was completed last fall; construction work is expected to begin this summer.