SIOUX FALLS, SD -
The wheels are in motion for Jerry's Auto Sales to have a larger location in Sioux Falls. But, the issue could be where it is going, so close to an already controversial location.
Jerry's Auto Sales could be coming to the 85th Street and Minnesota Avenue neighborhood and the reaction is taking a much different tone.
The position of one neighborhood about a new Walmart at 85th and Minnesota is clear.
“If the City of Sioux Falls had planned such a large development, our houses probably should have been zoned for maybe an office," neighbor Rich Wilka said.
But as Jerry's Auto Sales plans a new lot in the same area, the tone is much different.
"I don't have a problem with Jerry's putting a car lot there. We welcome development and business development," Wilka said.
The new car lot is set to go right across the street from where the proposed Walmart will be a spot that is of no concern to the neighborhood.
"Well, Jerry's is not 250 feet from my house, like the other proposed development is," Wilka said.
Even one group strongly opposed to Walmart is set to welcome Jerry's with open arms. In a statement to KELOLAND News, Save Our Neighborhood says that they welcome any smart commercial growth in the area as long as it does not encroach on the existing neighborhood.
Some neighbors are saying as Walmart comes in, more businesses are just expected to arrive. But there are also some neighbors that say it is like comparing apples and oranges."
“Jerry's is not going to have the type of traffic that a large business development would, it's a car lot. There's going to be some traffic there, but its not going to bring in a parking lot full of people,” Wilka said.
We did speak with Jerry Barr of Jerry's Auto Sales and he says the lot at 85th and Minnesota will be the perfect fit for him in terms of size and location. In regards to the issues the area has with Walmart, Jerry says, simply, that he is not Walmart and any issues the neighborhood has with them will not be made worse by the car lot.
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