October 23, 2018

City Receives Two Dozen Vision Fund Applications

Mayor Steve Allender and Citizen Vision Fund Committee Chairman George Grassby meet with local media regarding the two dozen applications received from community groups seeking Vision Funds for local projects. Mayor Steve Allender and Citizen Vision Fund Committee Chairman George Grassby meet with local media regarding the two dozen applications received from community groups seeking Vision Funds for local projects. (City Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)

Citizens Committee Will Review, Make Recommendations to Council

RAPID CITY, SD--The City received two dozen applications for Vision Fund resources from community organizations for a variety of projects, many calling for new, expanded or upgraded facilities.

            The total combined cost of the projects is more than $66.7 million with Vision Fund requests by the groups totaling more than $28.7 million.

            "It was a great response from the community," said Mayor Steve Allender.  "All of the projects are worthy of review and consideration for Vision Funds and once the Citizen's Committee has made its recommendations and the Council has provided approval, the selected projects will be a great benefit for Rapid City and our citizens well into the future."

            The Citizen Vision Committee will conduct working sessions through November and schedule Vision Project hearings in December, providing thorough review of the applications.  It is anticipated recommendations will be brought forward to City officials in January with the City Council making the final decision early in 2019 on which community and city projects will receive Vision Funds.

            "The Citizen Committee has its work cut out for it but it's a challenge we look forward to," said George Grassby, Committee chairman.  "Our collective sleeves are rolled up and we are ready to get to work."

            A nine member citizen committee was approved by the City Council in August and Vision Fund applications were sought for eight weeks with an application deadline of October 12.

2018 Vision Fund Project Applications (not listed in any priority order):

(Organization/Total Project Cost/Vision Fund Request/Brief Project Description)

*Veterans Honor Banner Project/$10,000/$10,000/Light Pole Banner Hangers-28 along St. Joe & 46 on West Blvd

*Elevate Rapid City/$8 million/$2 million/5-year community initiative for economic development

*Youth and Family Services/$13,994,118/$1,950,000/East Adams Street facility expansion

*Black Hills Sports, Inc./$5 million/$5 million/Remodel of Floyd Fitzgerald Stadium

*Rapid City Collective Impact/$16 million/$5 million/OneHeart campus property acquisition & renovation

*Community Health Center of the Black Hills/$165,000/$165,000/New storage facility

*Harney Little League/$100,000/$100,000/Fencing, dugouts, bleachers for 2 new fields

*Passages Women's Transitional Living/$1,380,000/$500,000/New residential treatment facility

*Children's Museum of the Black Hills/$850,000/$400,000/Design-build-create Children's Museum in Rapid City

*Abbott House/$1,470,000/$250,000/Two 8-bedroom therapeutic foster homes (Elk Vale Development)

*Canyon Lake Senior Center/$128,792/$50,000/Pickleball courts with fencing and lighting

*Mt. Rushmore Road Group/$200,000/$200,000/Replace monuments (2) with existing bases

*Black Hills Works/$1,115,000/$1,115,000/Unified Center at 3603 Range Rd

*Main Street Square/$187,500/$187,500/Subsurface project

*Downtown Lighting Project/$3,990,000/$3,990,000/Downtown LED lighting and fixtures

*Rapid City Softball Association (Star of the West)/$386,000/$386,000/ADA-compliant restroom facilities (2)

*Black Hills Junior League/$330,000/$330,000/New indoor batting/practice facility

*Rapid City Club for Boys/$1,200,000/$900,000/Front entrance remodel, security, roof replacement

*Rapid City Area Schools/$1,950,000/$1,950,000/Pinedale Elementary grounds project w/parking

*Performing Arts Center/$1,915,000/$1,915,000/Additional space, parking, renovations of historic theatre

*Rapid City BMX/$244,323/$244,323/Upgrades at Robbinsdale Park (speakers, electric, playground, etc.)

*Rapid City Racers Swim Team/$10,000/$10,000/Design plans to enclose Roosevelt 50-meter existing pool

*YMCA/$7,250,000/$1,195,000/Remodel 625 Kansas City Street (floors 1,3,4,5)

*Expedition League, Inc./$885,000/$885,000/McKeague Field remodel

            The last cycle of Vision Fund community projects was approved in December 2016 by the City Council, funding 10 projects with $6.5 million in Vision Funds under a one-year project funding plan.  The 2019 projects will be considered in a three-year project plan with an estimated $6 million in Vision Funds available annually.

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