Dakota Midday: Pros and Cons of the Rapid City Civic Center Expansion

Mar 9, 2015

Rapid City residents go to the polls on Tuesday to decide a proposed $180 million expansion of the  Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. If approved, the renovations would amount to the largest single expenditure of city funds ever undertaken. Supporters say it’s an investment in the city’s future that won’t raise property taxes. Opponents say the price tag is too high and alternatives need to be more carefully considered.

Rapid City Civic Center
Credit Charles Michael Ray SDPB

Richard Wahlstrom and Tony DeMaro joined Dakota Midday to discuss the proposed expansion. Richard Wahlstrom is a financial advisor and served as Rapid City’s finance officer from 1990-1995. He’s opposed to the project. Tony DeMaro is a Rapid City businessman who supports the expansion. He’s the owner and operator of Murphy’s Pub and Grill and the Blind Lion Speakeasy.