SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new $25 million hotel now stands where an unsightly parking ramp once took up space. The Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Sioux Falls is just a few days away from opening and the project has already spurred growth along the East Bank.
It took a year to build this multi-million dollar 136 room hotel and conference center. Inside the finishing touches are underway. But it’s what’s happening on the outside that has the city excited.
“We really believed this would be the single most impactful development in downtown for years” Sioux Falls Director of Community Development Darrin Smith said.
Since construction began on the CNA office building and the Hilton Garden Inn, businesses have been popping up around it. The Frank Transfer and Storage Building down about a block from the Hilton Garden Inn will soon be home to 18 lofts, 11 of which are already rented. And Prairie Berry Winery out of the Black Hills is opening up a shop and restaurant on the main floor. Plus Queen City Bakery moved in just a few months ago.
“The development that’s happening on the East Bank is really just a little further west from where we were and the timing was right,” Queen City Bakery Owner Mitch Jackson said.
Since moving, Queen City Bakery has seen its business increase 40 percent, every day for the last three months.
“I think it will only continue to grow once people recognize where we are and this whole development in this area continues to grow,” Jackson said.
Jackson believes the Hilton chose this spot because the area was already being revitalized, but is anticipating an even greater increase in customers.
“I think as guests move in and they’re looking for places to walk around to, this area is going to be really driven by that also,” Jackson said.
“And those are new people to downtown who will eat downtown, have a drink downtown, shop downtown, it’s huge,” Smith said.
The Hilton Garden Inn opens next Tuesday. Sioux Falls Developer Jeff Scherschligt also has plans to build a second office building, Cherapa Place 2, right next door to Cherapa Place.