- Associated Press - Saturday, January 21, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A planned 29,000-square-foot archive storage facility in Sioux Falls will need funding from City Hall before construction can begin.

Siouxland Heritage Museums director Bill Hoskins tells the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/2joFKKf) that he hopes construction on the facility can begin in March.

The facility is planned to include two micro climate rooms, a space for textile storage, a lobby and public work space area.

Construction would also leave room for a future addition.

Currently, items such as newspaper archives and historic photographs are being stored at the Old Courthouse Museum or the Pettigrew Museum.

“The collection is literally stuck in every nook and cranny,” Hoskins said. “If we can move those things into one place, I think the management will be much more efficient than it is today. It will be much easier for the general public to come in and get to see what they would like at that time.”

Plans for the facility were developed and approved by the Minnehaha County Commission and the Sioux Falls City Council in 2013. At that time, the two groups agreed to cover $1.3 million of the estimated $3.9 million construction costs. The rest would be paid for with funds generated from the sale of 20 acres of land donated to the county for the sole purpose of raising money for the facility.

Hoskins said there was a four-year delay in construction has likely driven up the costs to as much as $4.5 million.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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