Downtown Sioux Falls Rail Yard Redevelopment

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.

Rail Yard Redevelopment Plan

City-Owned Land for Sale

The Planning and Development Services Department identifies City-owned real estate located in desired areas of redevelopment for purchase through the following process.

Available Property


The purpose of this project is to redevelop 10-acres of land that the City purchased from BNSF Railway in downtown.

A History of the Sioux Falls Downtown Rail Yard

This report summarizes the history and development of the downtown Sioux Falls rail yard in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. A 10-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. Alterations to the rail yard 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 rail yard and any potentially eligible component features.

Historical Documents

Purchase and Sale Agreement
Quit Claim Deed
Subdivision Plat
Environmental Assessment
Finding of No Significant Impact
State Historic Preservation Agreement

Project Milestones

State Historic Preservation Office and Section 4(f)
   Sept. 2012—April 2013 
Draft EA Completed
   July 2013
Final EA Completed
   Sept 26, 2013
Purchase agreement reached
   July 2015
Close on property
    Nov 2, 2015
BNSF begins constructing new siding tracks
Redevelopment Plan Completed
BNSF Construction Completed at alternate site
City Site Preparation Completed