Council to vote on Sioux Gateway hotel proposal, cemetery fee adjustment – Sioux City Journal

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SIOUX CITY — The Sioux City Council will be asked Monday to accept a developer’s proposal to construct a hotel, convenience store and warehouse on a parcel of land at Sioux Gateway Airport’s entrance.

The proposal from Midwest Hotels, LLC was one of four proposals submitted to the city for the purchase and development of property at the northeast and southeast corners of Aviation and Discovery Boulevards. Discovery Boulevard is now known as Al Haynes Drive to the north and Southbridge Drive to the south. The north parcel includes 14.38 acres and the south parcel includes 7.33 acres. The sale of the property will generate revenue for the airport. 

Midwest Hotels, LLC plans to purchase the 14.38 acres for $1.45 million and commit to investing $20 million to redevelop the property, including demolition of the existing residential structures on the property, restoration of a free-standing World War II-era chapel to historic standards, and construction of a new four-story, extended stay, mid-to upper-scale branded hotel.

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The hotel will have a minimum of 120 rooms, construction of a major convenience store and construction of a new warehouse or warehouses. 

According to city documents, work is currently underway to complete a plat of survey for the property and vacate the existing rights-of-way within the property. 

If the council approves the resolution to accept the developer’s proposal, the city manager will negotiate a development agreement with Midwest Hotels, LLC. That agreement would be brought to the council for consideration at a future meeting. 

The sale of the property will generate revenue for the airport and increase the overall tax base.



Floyd Cemetery (copy)

Gravestones sit along the roadway at the entrance to Floyd Cemetery in Sioux City in this 2018 file photo. 




Cemetery fees

The council will also weigh whether to adjust the cemetery fee structure for services provided by the Parks and Recreation Department. 

The last rate increase was approved in May 2007, according to city documents.

Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott and Council Member Julie Schoenherr speak after being reelected and sworn in as mayor and councilwomen respectively.


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City is staff proposes a six-year plan with an initial 10% increase for ashes and burials, which will decrease to 7% over that time period. The proposed adjustments are:

  • 2024 (FY25) 10% fee increase for ashes and burials
  • 2025 (FY26) 9% fee increase for ashes and burials
  • 2026 (FY27) 7% fee increase for ashes and burials
  • 2027 (FY28) 7% fee increase for ashes and burials
  • 2028 (FY29) 7% fee increase for ashes and burials
  • 2029 (FY30) 7% fee increase for ashes and burials

Mausoleum crypt and columbarium will have an initial fee decrease of $750 for FY25 and a 3% increase for FY26, FY27, FY28, FY29 and FY30.

“Staff if proposing a significant decrease in the pricing of the mausoleum columbarium and ground niches. The decrease comes as a result of the city eliminating the engraving of the name and dates on marker plaques as part of the purchase price,” the documents stated. “The removal of the engraving process would allow for families to provide the memorialization of their loved one beyond just the name and date, along with the reduction of staff time spent coordinating the engraving services.” 

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