A master plan is under design for 23 acres of riverfront area in Chris Larsen Park. Schematic designs include: Stockyards Garden Plaza, Event Lawn, Yoga Lawn, Exploration Ridge, a soft surface playground for children with slides built into Exploration Ridge, two pavilions/plazas, 2-3 overlooks, two basketball courts, a dog park, and regional trail, and the Riverlights/Fountain which park officials are considering to be the iconic feature of the park. Phase 1 of the project could begin in 2020.
Gilchrist Learning Center
The Sioux City Art Center's new 11,000 sq. ft. facility opened in fall 2018 adding new classroom space and studios. The $2.6 million building is named after the foundation that contributed $1 million to kick-start the project.
An update to the city's Comprehensive Plan will assist in directing future growth and development. The plan will provide a blueprint for the future regarding land use, parks and recreation, commercial and industrial areas, housing, transportation, and community facilities.
Sioux City's newest all season park, Cone Park, features a lighted tubing hill with automated snow-making equipment, a bunny hill, day lodge, an ice skating rink that doubles as a splash pad in the summer months, and a recreational trail. The day lodge is used as a warming house in the winter and a rental facility during the off-season. Cone Park was named the state of Iowa's 2018 Best New Tourist Attraction!
West 7th Street Reconstruction Project
The West 7th Street Reconstruction Project is reconstructing the roadway and sidewalks from Wesley Parkway to Hamilton Boulevard. City utilities, such as sewer, water, storm sewer, and fiber optics will also be replaced. In addition, the project includes many features intended to support walkability and economic growth. On-street parking, landscape elements, gateway elements, Perry Creek bridge aesthetic enhancements, new lighting, colored pavements, and unique bus shelters will give the West 7th Street corridor a distinctive look and feel. Construction was complete in fall 2018 with lighting elements to be installed in spring 2019.
Sioux City Reinvestment District
The Iowa Reinvestment District Program ("IRD") allows designated cities to create zones of up to 25 acres where future hotel/motel and sales tax revenue can be used to assist with new development in that area. The Sioux City Reinvestment District includes 4 projects: a new Convention Center hotel, renovation of historic warehouse buildings to market rate residential and commercial use with Virginia Square, renovation of the historic Warrior and Davidson buildings, and the development of a new Expo Center. Kinseth Hospitality Company, Inc. will begin construction of the 151 room, five-story Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in late June with an expected opening in summer 2019.
Renewable Fuels Project
An upgrade to the Sioux City Wastewater Treatment Plant is underway that will reduce air emissions, improve odor control, and support our vision for a healthier city. The facility design, engineered by Bartlett & West of Des Moines, will ultimately recover methane and carbon dioxide produced through wastewater treatment and convert it into a renewable natural gas, making operations more efficient. The project is expected to be operational in 2019.
A $400 million reconstruction of 10-urban interstate miles through Sioux City is nearing completion by the Iowa Department of Transportation. The decade long project is expanding Interstate 29 to six lanes and increasing capacity. The project will be complete in 2020.
625 Douglas Restoration
Local regional theatre, LAMB Arts, plans to renovate a historic building at 625 Douglas Street in downtown Sioux City into a performing arts center that will be the new home for the theatre. The $11 million project will include a 250-seat thrust theatre, a 120-seat studio theatre, and a smaller cabaret-style theatre. The performance spaces and facility, along with the excellence and innovation of LAMB Theatre, will rival cities much larger than Sioux City. A person would have to travel to Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver or St. Louis to find the performance venue and educational opportunities that are envisioned.
Transformation of Three Historic Buildings
Real estate development firm, J. Development, has announced plans to redevelop three historic buildings in Sioux City into mixed-use and market-rate residential facilities, including 413 Pierce Street (former Hatch Furniture Building), 520 Nebraska Street (Commerce Building) and 2825 Douglas Street (former St. Luke’s/Methodist Hospital Building). Redevelopment of the three projects will add more than 175 market-rate housing units to the market with a total capital investment of $34 million.
Bekins Building Renovation
The former Bekins Moving & Storage Warehouse on the corner of W. 4th and Wesley Parkway recently completed a $6.5 million renovation as a Sioux Falls-based developer transformed the building into 70-loft style residences. Learn more...
Hard Rock Parking Ramp & Retail Space
Construction is underway on a nearly $11 million parking ramp that will connect to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and serve ticket holders at the Tyson Events Center. The 245,000-square-foot ramp will have 535 parking spaces and 15,000 square feet of retail space at the corner of Third and Pearl streets.
Pearl Street Park
Sioux City Parks & Recreation worked with students from the University of Iowa, Smith Group JJR and a local group of stakeholders to develop concepts for a new park downtown. The greenspace, located at 620 Pearl Street across from LaunchPAD Children's Museum, was completed in late 2017 and is now home to the popular summer event, Food Truck Fridays.