So Long Sioux Falls River Ramp
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
March 21, 2012 10:17 PM
“Some of me pounding on the pavement was to emphatically let people know, you know what? We did it,” said Mayor Mike Huether.
The ceremonial first blocks of concrete didn't have a chance when Mayor Mike Huether had a sledgehammer in his hand.
“This River Ramp has served its purpose well. But it’s time to move on. There's big things to come for Sioux Falls,” said the mayor.
Plenty of people are excited to see what a new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel would do for the river front area in downtown Sioux Falls.
“This is going to be happening over the next 90 days and then shortly after that we'll begin construction on the hotel. And the anticipated opening of the hotel would be about the 3rd quarter of 2013,” said Paul Hegg.
While the current mayor can't wait for the parking garage to be torn down, a relative of the mayor who watched the construction of the river ramp years ago thinks his grandfather would be proud to see where Sioux Falls is heading.
“We're changing the city and I'm sure if he were around today, he'd be the first one to celebrate with us,” said Steve Stich.
Some say the 50-year-old building served its purpose and now it's time for something new.
“There are times where you have to move on because if you don't you're going to fall behind,” said Mayor Huether.