Downtown Sioux Falls Rail Yard Redevelopment

Agreement Reached on Purchase of the Downtown Rail Yard

Negotiations have been concluded with BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) for the purchase of the downtown rail yard. The City of Sioux Falls has agreed to purchase more than 10 acres of the rail yard for $27,334,500, utilizing funds from the federal highway bill.

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.
For additional questions, comments or to submit feedback you may contact Erin Bofenkamp.

Environmental Assessment

Environmental Assessment
Finding of No Significant Impact

Supporting Documents

Project Milestones

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:


Project Status

Reviewing public comments. Evaluating benefits and impacts for all alternatives.

Target Date