Dream Design International, the Rapid City firm that developed and leases the new Rapid City facility that houses seven state offices, has won a similar deal to build a similar facility in Sioux Falls:
Rapid City-based Dream Design International will help develop a one-stop office building for the state of South Dakota in Sioux Falls.
The firm is teaming up with Co-op Architecture and McGough Construction for the project, which is planned to be built north of 26th Street at Dawley Farm Village.
…The Sioux Falls One Stop will be a state-of-the-art building, combining 12 state agencies previously located throughout Sioux Falls into one location, including the Department of Health, the Department of Labor & Regulation and the Department of Social Services. Like the Rapid City One Stop, the Sioux Falls One Stop will be leased to the state [staff, “State Selects Rapid City Firm to Develop Office Building at Dawley Farm Village,” Sioux Falls Business, 2023.04.11].
Leasing ensures Dream Design a nice ongoing revenue stream. Moving numerous state offices out to the edge of town, four miles east and south of the current centrally located Job Service office at 811 East 10th Street, also ensures a new ongoing cost of seeking jobs and other help from the state for folks who live downtown:
I am very disappointed to see that the new location for Sioux Falls Dept. of Social Services/Labor/Health is far outside the center of the city and will rely on public transit to get vulnerable individuals to/from appointments.
The article states that the new location “was selected because it complements the state’s services with other amenities available in the area. Additionally, the building’s location near several bus stops makes it easily accessible to residents who rely on public transportation.”
Our bus system (@SiouxAreaMetro) only runs once/hour. If someone who is staying at one of the homeless shelters located downtown that means they have to wait at a bus stop (typically with no bench or shelter) for up to an HOUR.
Once they get on the bus, they then have to pay $1.50 per ride (and per transfer!), ride for an additional 26 minutes to get to their appointment, and walk an addition .25 miles.
While that may not seem like very far to you or me, keep in mind that many of these community members use wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Departments that provide essential services for unhoused individuals need to be MORE accessible, not moved to the outskirts of town [Rep. Kadyn Wittman, Twitter thread, 2023.04.11].
Pastor and Republican city councilman Rich Merkouris is also dubious about the relocation of state offices to the eastern outskirts of his city:
This deserves more scrutiny. I’d really like to see a public release that lists the options considered and how it was scored [Rich Merkouris, Twitter response to Wittman, 2023.04.11].
Dream Design plans to start building the new facility this fall.