Downtown Sioux Falls Rail Yard Redevelopment
First Railyard Development Plan Unveiled
The City of Sioux Falls has reached a development agreement between the City and Black Iron Railyard LLC for the southern parcel of the railyard redevelopment area. This is the first development agreement for the railyard land purchased by the City from BNSF Railway in 2015.
Rail Yard Redevelopment Plan
The Sioux Falls rail yard redevelopment area represents a tremendous opportunity to develop an urban project that pulses with life on a strategically located site in the heart of the city; and to build a bridge that binds two Sioux Falls’ areas—the downtown and Whittier neighborhood—together.
City Issued Request for Qualifications for Redevelopment of Downtown Rail Yard
City of Sioux Falls took an exciting step toward redeveloping the former BNSF Railway property downtown by releasing a competitive request for qualifications (RFQ) process. The RFQ process will identify qualified private partners who will then participate in a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process.
A copy of the request for qualifications can be found at www.siouxfalls.org/business
Rail Yard Redevelopment
Welcome to the City of Sioux Falls’ website for the Downtown Sioux Falls Rail Yard Redevelopment Project. This site is the source for information related to the redevelopment of 10-acres of land purchased from the BNSF Railway in 2015. We encourage you to review the project materials and offer your comments, suggestions and input via our e-comment form found in the Feedback section.
The purpose of this project is to redevelop 10-acres of land downtown recently purchased by the City from the BNSF Railway.
A History of the Sioux Falls Downtown Railyard
This report summarizes the history and development of the Downtown Sioux Falls rail yard in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. A 10.25-acre portion of BNSF property encompassing Tracts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe 4th Addition has been transferred to the City of Sioux Falls for redevelopment. Projected alterations to the railyard include removal of track and demolition of a 20th-Century freight house. This narrative history was prepared to mitigate the effects of the redevelopment plan on the historic railyard and any potentially eligible component features.
|Develop details on new alternative||Sept. 2012|
|Update Project Management Plan||Sept. 2012|
|Revise MOU||Sept. 2012|
|SHPO and Section 4(f)||Sept. 2012—April 2013|
|Drafting Preliminary EA||Oct. 2012—Jan. 2013|
|Hold Public Meeting||Jan. 31, 2013|
|Draft EA Completed||July 2013|
|Hold Public Meeting||August 14, 2013|
|Final EA Completed||September 26, 2013|
|Independent Appraisal Completed||December 2014|
|Purchase agreement reached:||July 2015|
|Close on property:||Monday, November 2, 2015|
|BNSF begins constructing new siding tracks:||2016|
Redevelopment RFP Process
Development can begin:
|First developer announced to redevelop the southern parcels||July 2018|
RDG, design consultant, is working on phase one deliverables including a concept design and phasing and implementation plan. A July update to Council is planned.