Under construction Progress made on Holiday Inn Express

Under construction Progress made on Holiday Inn Express Workers are making progress on the new Holiday Inn Express, being constructed just west of the DakotaDome. by David Lias Workers have faced soiled problems, and overcome them.

They've also had to deal with less than ideal weather in recent weeks, but they've managed to make progress on Vermillion's new Holiday Inn Express being constructed just west of the DakotaDome near Highway 50.

"It's a 56-room hotel, it will have three conference rooms, and we've already invested $250,000," said Woody Houser before the work begun.

Houser, of Beresford, is the former owner of the Sioux Tools building in Vermillion. He spearheaded the drive to find investors to provide the financial backing for this project.

Some of the investors are from Vermillion, some are Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Rapid City, and some live out-of-state.

When complete, the total price tag of the building project will be approximately $3 million.

"Hopefully, the second phase is that we attract a restaurant and a banquet center that can handle up to 400 people. That will be in the second phase of the project, and we have no idea when that will be," he said. "We've talked about another restaurant doing that, to come to town, but we don't know if we are going to get that done."

When completed, the facility will have a swimming pool and fitness room.

"It will be set up with data lines and computer lines for the business travelers," Houser said.

He said the new Holiday Inn Express will fill a need in the Vermillion community.

"It is opens it up so there are more rooms close to the Dome," he said. "It also is big enough that we now can service motor coaches, because if they come in, there would be enough rooms there to handle a whole bus load, and it's one of the largest franchises in the country.

"We have a nice name, so hopefully people will stay in town rather than going to North Sioux City or Yankton," Houser said.

He hopes that the new motel facilities will eventually make it easier for the local economic development company to attract convention and meeting activities to Vermillion.

Houser also hopes the DakotaDome will be utilized to a greater extent as a convention center for the Vermillion community.

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