December 20, 2016
PIERRE, S.D. – The State of South Dakota is soliciting interest from qualified respondents for repurposing the State Treatment and Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy which is located South of Custer. STAR Academy was closed in the spring of 2016 because of the reduction in juvenile commitments.
“The State of South Dakota is committed to ensuring that the STAR Academy property emerges as a viable business or institution that contributes to the local economy, has a positive effect on the quality of life in the area and is not a burden to the taxpayers of our state,” said Hunter Roberts, policy advisor to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. “The state is looking for proposals that creatively consider how this asset can be repurposed to meet these goals.”
The state is issuing a Request For Information (RFI) to solicit information from interested parties in repurposing the property. Submissions to the RFI will assist the state in determining the content of a Request for Proposal (RFP) this spring that will be utilized to choose the future developer and operator of the property.
The property is located in the center of the Black Hills National Forest on Highway 385. The facility is near Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Monument and Jewel Cave National Monument. The Mickelson Trail is located adjacent to the property.
The campus consists of 182.16 acres divided into six parcels. The total floor space of the buildings is almost 170,000 square feet. The main structures utilized for delivering services include approximately 120,000 square feet of floor space. Buildings associated with the physical plant account for another 29,000 square feet and employee housing, which includes 11 homes, adds nearly another 20,000 square feet. Other amenities include a historic main building, a commercially well-appointed kitchen, large dining room, several large meeting areas and a commercial laundry. Ample onsite parking is available. The surrounding property has a running track, athletic field and fishing pond.