Moody County Company | The City of Flandreau awaits a word on rural development

Plans continue to move forward on the new Flandreau fire station. “Everything was submitted to RDA, and we’re currently working with two banks for some funding as well,” City Administrator Jeff Pederson said of the rural development loan application. “We expect approvals to come from both very soon.”
If all goes well, the bid for the approximately $2.6 million building will go out this year and construction will begin in late 2022 or early 2023.
“Our application timeline has been pushed back nearly a year due to the lengthy process associated with RDA funding, as well as the uncertainties COVID has had on the application environment,” Pederson said.
The Flandreau Volunteer Fire Department desperately needs new space. Not only has it outgrown its aging facilities on Third Avenue, but some of its larger equipment has to be stored offsite because the rigs don’t fit inside the building. Last year, the city purchased about a block just south of the Moody County Courthouse for the new train station.
Dave Van Nieuwenhuyzen of JLG Architects in Sioux Falls led the design of the project. He is an architect from Sioux Falls with Pipestone, Minnesota, roots. The new station will provide local first responders with seven bays, an equipment room, a meeting room, a kitchen and laundry room, a warehouse and the potential showroom for the city’s antique fire truck.
“This is an important public safety project that will provide the space our fire department needs. It will house all of their equipment in one place, provide a safer work area, and it will be a facility that will meet their needs by continuing to protect our community and the surrounding areas they serve,” said Mayor Dan Sutton.

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