PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Two Pierre home developers have donated 16 acres of land to the city for an event center.
Mark and Glennis Zarecky are making the contribution in honor of their parents. Based on pasture values, the land is worth between $11,000 and $16,000.
Pierre officials for years have been discussing how to replace the old downtown City Auditorium, which hosted everything from sporting events to governor inaugurations. The facility was closed in 2010 because of structural issues and demolished last year.
Avera St. Mary’s hospital says it plans to buy 14 acres adjacent to the property being donated by the Zareckys. The hospital says it will use the land somehow in conjunction with a new event center.
Mayor Laurie Gill says community discussions will be held to help plan a center.