- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Residents of an aging Rapid City motel could have to move out if plans for a gas station and convenience store move forward.

The Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/1TDNv5x ) reports that according to city officials and permit documents, the Colonial Motel will be demolished soon, and the land under it and a lot to the south will be cleared for a new Maverik gas station and convenience store.

The agenda for the May 16 meeting of the City Council contains a rezoning request for the lot that the motel is on. Elizabeth Hunt with Maverik Inc. says the store is expected to open early next year.

Resident Amoreena Barnes, 43, just moved from Oklahoma to Rapid City. She finds it difficult to find somewhere affordable like the Colonial Motel that will let her have her two cats.

“I’m going to have a hard time finding another place,” Barnes said.

Glenda Rodriquez and her adult daughter, who both moved into the Colonial Motel, were paying $84 daily at a different motel. For $190 weekly, the two were able to live in the Colonial Motel, letting the pair save money.

“This is our first step up to something,” she said.

The Imperial Hotel, which also had affordable residences, was east of downtown before being taken down this spring. In that neighborhood, other aging hotels have been demolished in recent years to allow room for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology residence buildings


Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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