City of Rapid City

Rapid City Experiments To Provide Affordable Housing

Sep 6, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Rapid City has a new housing development in the works that will provide five affordable new homes.

It’s a city hall experiment that allows higher density in a neighborhood, which in turn drives down the price of each house.

Over the past few years, the cost of housing has risen faster than wages.

Robert Graham is standing on the lot where his new home is going up.

The 51 year old spent more than a decade in the marines during the Gulf War. He recently decided it was time to buy a house, but it was harder than he thought.

Chief Federal Judge Jeffrey Viken hears arguments Monday in a dispute that has been ongoing since 2011 between Lamar Outdoor Signs and the city of Rapid City. Viken cleared up most of the issues outlined in the lawsuit through summary judgments, but a couple of issues remain for trial.