SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Developers behind a $50 million parking ramp and hotel project lacked money to pay a roughly $20,000 fine for illegally dumping asbestos in the Sioux Falls landfill.

The Argus Leader reports Norm Drake and Aaron Hultgren, players in a 2016 Sioux Falls building collapse, are personal guarantors of the new project the city council recently approved.

The state fined Hultgren Construction and the Drake-managed investment group that owned the building that collapsed, claiming the companies illegally removed asbestos from the building and dumped it among common construction debris.

But a settlement agreement says the companies demonstrated an “inability to pay all or part” of the penalty.

Meanwhile, Hultgren and Drake negotiated with the city to build the new parking and hotel project, which calls for over $21 million in public money for the ramp portion.

Information from: Argus Leader,

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