On Tuesday, May 3, DakotAbilities was presented with the 2016 Mayor’s Historic Preservation Award. “The Mayor’s Historic Preservation Award is given annually to recognize meaningful achievements in historic preservation by an individual, organization, company or agency through advocacy, education, investment, support, or service, and to stimulate greater public awareness and understanding historic preservation efforts.” The month of May was National Historic Preservation Month.
Koch Hazard Architects began working with DakotAbilities in 2013 on a study to assist in the purchase of the Longfellow school building for renovation and use as their new main office. DakotAbilities had outgrown its training center on Duluth Avenue and rented space on Norton Avenue, and with anticipated continued growth they were poised to relocate and expand to one location. DakotAbilities’ Longfellow Center is home of: vocation/alternative training, nursing, physical/occupational therapy, dietary/nutrition, service coordination, and administrative services. “DakotAbilities is a community-based organization that works with adults with developmental disabilities.” CLICK HERE for the complete press release by the City of Sioux Falls.