MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — The Mitchell City Council has approved plans for a $7.2 million renovation and expansion of the city's Corn Palace tourist attraction.
Council members voted 7-0 on Monday night to approve the two-phase plan, which includes color-changing domes, larger murals and a walk-out balcony above the marquee. Architectural designs will now be created.
"Frankly, we think it needs to be exciting," said Doug Dailey, chairman of the Next Generation Corn Palace Committee. "We think the lights and the domes give us that excitement."
The plan's first phase involves improving the current Corn Palace, at a cost of $4.1 million. Construction could start next year, according to The Daily Republic newspaper (http://bit.ly/148vW9A ). The city recently sold $13.9 million in bonds, of which $6.5 million was earmarked for the Corn Palace project.
The $3.1 million second phase involves renovating the City Hall building, which is connected to the north side of the Corn Palace and will be vacated when a new city hall is built in another area.