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Rapid City council members meet to discuss funding Rushmore Plaza Civic Center expansion

Rapid City council members got a bit of a history lesson Monday night.

Members held a special meeting to discuss plans for funding the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center expansion and improvement project.

Members of the civic center board presented a history of the complex, including when it was originally built, how much it cost to build, and how it was paid for.

Brian Maliske, general manager, said the city could use money from the vision fund, but there are other options.

"There are obviously other options. There's leasing options, there's bonding options, there's bid district, there's entertainment districts. All of those are really truly being explored right now," Maliske said.

A study is currently being done to find out how much the overall project will cost.

City council president Jerry Wright said after the meeting, that the council now has a better understanding of how to fund the project.

"I think that absolutely this was a very good step to take. It's like in the process of life. When you decide to do something, it's always good to sit down and say what's it going to cost, and how am I going to pay for it. That's kind of what we were talking about. Getting everybody up to speed and comfortable with the options that we have," Wright said.

The community is invited to attend a series of public forums regarding the expansion and improvement plan.

The next one will be held on May 22nd at 6 p.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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