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Development To Continue In 2014

December 3, 2013, 10:00 PM by Angela Kennecke

Development To Continue In 2014

It's the first step for developers--they have to ask the city to zone land for how they want to use it--residential or commercial.

That process typically begins in the spring, but not this year.  The planning commission in Sioux Falls is being flooded with projects that developers hope to start on right away.

High-end homes are already going up in Western Sioux Falls at Cherry Lake Reserve.  Developer, Van Buskirk Companies, is now asking the City to approve use of this land for the next phase of the project.

"We're going to have a couple of lakeside restaurants. We're going to do a twinhome/townhome development right on the lake and across the street we're looking at office users and land; we've had interest in those already," Steve Van Buskirk said

This is just one of Van Buskirk's projects going before the planning commission--there are also two residential developments on the east side. 

"It's kind of surprising to us how many applications we're making because we've exhausted our supply of stuff that was previously approved before the downturn in the economy.  So now we're at the edge of all our properties, so we need to add on," Buskirk said.

"Now it's December and they're getting ahead of the game, with retail projects and residential projects so they can start even in January or February with getting their projects in with utilities and footings and foundations," Sioux Falls City Planner Jeff Schmitt said.

Growth isn't limited to one section of the city; from more commercial development to the east around Dawley Farm Village to multi-family housing in the center of town.

Signature Homes is asking the city to rezone land and tear down homes to make way for new condos with a price point starting at $200,000. But the city says there will be a market for it. 

"There's a lot of empty nesters that want to be close-location, location, location," Schmitt said.

As for all those rooftops out west, a sports bar and restaurant, strip mall and bank are all in the works for empty land at the corner of West 26th Street and South Ellis Road. 

"It never ends in Sioux Falls, which is a great thing," Schmitt said.

The city planning commission meets Wednesday and will vote on whether to rezone the land to allow the developers' plans to move forward.

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