Rapid City and Omaha architects unveiled plans in late August that could see the Black Hills South Dakota gambling and tourist town of Deadwood completely revitalized. The Black Hills Pioneer reported that TSP Architects of Rapid City, South Dakota and RGD Planning and Design of Omaha, Nebraska envision the demolition of two or more non-heritage buildings to be replaced with a Commons and an Outlaw Square.

The 32,000 square-foot Deadwood Commons would have a park-like setting with streams and fountains and the 7,000 to 9,200 square foot Outlaw Square would be similar to Main Street Square in Rapid City which hosts wild-west reenactments, special events, arts and culture, live concerts, and seasonal ice skating among other attractions.

The master plan consists of three major projects and the $8.8 million estimated cost does not include acquisition or demolition of private property.

The Deadwood Revitalization Committee, working with the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce led up the plan, two years in the making, with input from local residents, businesses, government officials, and civic groups.

In other developments, Deadwood casinos are now allowed to offer table games. The new law came into effect July 1st.

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