State Trades Job Growth Opportunity for Encroachment Relief

State Trades Job Growth Opportunity for Encroachment Relief

In a multifaceted deal aimed at eliminating incompatible development outside Ellsworth AFB, the state of South Dakota plans to give the owner of a mobile home park a former school building in return for demolishing 125 homes located in one of the airfield’s accident potential zones. The mobile home park owner will use the school property in neighboring Rapid City for a factory which will manufacture modular housing units, such as hotel rooms. The initiative, which still requires the governor to sign recently approved legislation, is the latest effort by the state’s Ellsworth Development Authority to purchase or acquire the development rights to properties surrounding the base. “We’ve gone from about 65 percent compatible with our land around the base to about 99 percent [in the last five years],” Scott Landguth, the authority’s executive director, told the Rapid City Journal.

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