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Housing Project Teams Up With Students

April 18, 2014, 5:07 PM by Brady Mallory

Housing Project Teams Up With Students
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

You may have noticed Affordable Housing Solutions is leveling rundown or condemned homes to make way for new affordable housing.

As of Friday, a dirt lot on South Sherman Avenue does not quite measure up to its potential. Tiffany Tomaszewski will change that.

"Keep it nice and open," Tomaszewski said. 

Once Affordable Housing Solutions puts a new affordable, energy efficient-home at this address, Tomaszewski will add some green space.

"The little white picket fence, the little landscaping around the house. Kids playing in the yard," Tomaszewski said.

She's not a professional yet. Tomaszewski is one of six landscape design students from Southeast Tech, working with Affordable Housing Solutions to enhance Sioux Falls' core neighborhoods. 

"When everyone works together, you can get a lot more done," Wayne Wagner, Housing Development Director, said.

Wagner said his team works with students because the project aims to build more than just houses.

"We have a great need. We're a growing city, growing region, and we don't have as many technical skilled people out there as we used to, and we need more," Wagner said.

Affordable Housing Solutions works with the Sioux Falls Community Development Department, and has put up about 45 houses in the last nine years. Wagner said the goal is to add houses that will not change, or take the identity away from the selected neighborhood. 

Tomaszewski said the hands-on experience will help her more than measure up to future competition.

"It's easier to where the employer doesn't have to spend all that extra time in training and we can just kind of go out to a site, and know what we're doing. Know what we're looking for," Tomaszewski said.

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