Rushmore Plaza Civic Center plans still under review - KOTA Territory News

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center plans still under review

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The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is 37 years old, so there are definitely things that need to be done, but exactly what needs to be done to maintain or fix the building?

When walking through the civic center it's apparent that some things are a little bit old and not up to current standards.

What civic center board members are doing now is trying to figure out the most cost efficient way to fix these problems.

So far to keep the Don Barnett Arena up to city ordinances and state laws it would cost an estimated 70 million dollars.That's not including parking, which General Manager of the Civic Center, Brian Maliske, says could push the project well over the 100 million dollar mark.

This $70 million would only bring the civic center up to requirements needed to continue operating and would even take away some of the seating.

That's why the civic center board is looking at what else can be done.

A completely new arena would cost more than $110 million  but according to Maliske this might be the best option.

"Right now it's starting to make more and more sense to look at a new facility that is not only up to date but is also larger and meets the needs for the next 20 to 25 years," said Maliske.

The board plans on giving a report to the city council for approval some time after September.

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