Pennington County Commission approves Hill City concert venue - KOTA Territory News

Pennington County Commission approves Hill City concert venue

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In a unanimous vote Tuesday morning, Pennington County commissioners approved a new KOTA Territory concert venue on first reading.
 
Commissioners voiced no real concerns with the project, which would put a band shell on a property northwest of Hill City on Deerfield Road.

Organizers hope to open the venue at the start of tourism season next summer.

Music will flow from the band shell to an estimated crowd of almost 500 people five nights a week, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., for 11 weeks.

The plans also include two parking lots for roughly 260 spots and bench seating for 100 people.

Project leaders say they hope the venue will provide a link between Native Americans and other cultures in the Black Hills.
 
"It's my hope, it's my genuine hope," said musical and show producer Paul LaRoche, "that we can bring something to the Hills that has been here in various forms over the years, but now we have a very strong, firm foundation."
 
"As far as I'm concerned," District 1 (where the venue will be) commissioner Ken Davis added, "they're doing a great deal out there: bringing a lot of people into the Black Hills, I'm sure, and put a lot of economic development into the Hill City area."
 
The plans still have to undergo a second reading by the Commission.

Barring any major concerns, it's expected to pass December 4.

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