The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center has gone through plenty of expansions through the years with additions like Rushmore Hall, the Holiday Inn, and the ice arena. Now, architects are asking people what they want out of a new expansion project.
The first of five meetings was held Thursday night in the Barnett Arena in the Civic Center.
Donovan Broberg, principle architect with ARC International
, says it's important get public opinion so the design team will know what people want and don't want out of a new arena.
During the meeting, several people raised their hands to share concerns. The topics included pedestrian safety, parking spaces, and economic affect.
Merle Swenson, a Rapid City resident, says it would be a mistake to move the Civic Center after all the money put into it. He says relocation would hurt surrounding businesses. "We need to help the business that are down here and we need to encourage them to expand," said Swenson.
These public meetings will be held at the Civic Center at the end of each month from now through July:
- April 24 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- May 22 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- June 26 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Final forum is TBD.