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Construction on the first phase of Sioux Falls’ USD Discovery District set for April

Construction on the USD Discovery District is set to begin in April, just months after organizers hired a new top official to head up the massive, government-funded institutional development planned for northwestern Sioux Falls.

It's been more than a year since city and state leaders hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking on the first phase of the project and announced two anchor tenants from the biotech industry.

At the time, officials had planned for a $30.9 million multi-tenant building and manufacturing building. Plans presented to Sioux Falls city officials last week bumped up the estimated square footage from 126,000 to 132,000 square feet.

“As our collective vision for the USD Discovery District has evolved and plans have taken shape, timelines have been adjusted," spokeswoman Hailie Warren said in an emailed statement. "We are pleased to see this project move ahead as we continue to work closely with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to foster innovation-focused economic development in the region.”

Construction is estimated to finish in July 2021.

The USD Discovery District lost its long-time president Rich Naser last year, when he was moved to a different role in the university system without explanation.

University leadership announced Naser's replacement last week. Mark Brown brings experience in scientific research and executive leadership to the job, with 12 years in the pharmaceutical industry.

- Patrick Anderson, Sioux Falls Argus Leader - https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2020/01/14/construction-first-phase-sioux-falls-usd-discovery-district-set-april/4464530002/?fbclid=IwAR2gcGzTr8DufOF2rMuwp51GC-KJebLbpNjsY65jHR83_Ciw2PxpQnkjy4o