It's a major decision on a major project in Rapid City.
The proposed expansion and renovation of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center would likely be the largest undertaking by the City of Rapid City, since the Civic Center was first built in the 1970s.
The Rapid City Council was tasked with either approving or rejecting the design plan approved earlier by the Civic Center Board of Directors.
Ultimately, the entire $180-million project is contingent on the approval of an acceptable financing package.
One woman said she's not opposed to expanding the facility but is concerned about the ultimate cost, because with interest it would cost much more than $180-million over 30 years.
But several other residents spoke in favor of the plan, including Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Bryan Vulcan.
Vulcan says, "The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center plays an important role in the community, and the expanded capacity for the facility has the potential to produce impressive fiscal impacts, create more entertainment opportunities for the community and surrounding areas, and would complement a vibrant growth which the city has recently seen. We're very much in support of this expansion, and we hope you vote to move it forward."
The preferred design adds a new arena, renovates the existing Don Barnett Arena and creates more parking.
Mayor Sam Kooiker spoke in favor of the plan, as did several council members.
Alderman Chad Lewis said people often say, "Nobody will use that", as some did when Main Street Square was first proposed, but, he said, the naysayers are wrong.
Council members were still in discussion at newstime Monday night, but ultimately voted to approve the preferred design. The council vote was unanimous.