Whether it's a spot for a new school, new business or even new homes, the northwest end of Sioux Falls is arguably expanding at the fastest rate in the city.
"Obviously, some folks have some pretty big plans for development in this area," Sioux Falls Development Foundation chairman Tom Simmons said.
The addition of the city's newest fire station is just the tip of the iceberg for growth in northwest Sioux Falls. The station is a direct result of businesses and families making this area their new home.
"New commercial, new retail, new residential, new churches being built. You don't have to wait long to come back and see something new going up," Sioux Falls City Council member Dean Karsky said.
Simmons moved into an office at the intersection of East Benson Road and South Louise Avenue seven years ago. The changes he's witnessed since then have been eye-opening.
"In just that seven-year period, another standard-sized city has grown up out in this area, and I believe that growth and development is probably going to continue," Simmons said.
The reason this section of the city is growing has a lot to do with all of the wide-open spaces available for development.
"Go west, young man. I think everybody likes the idea of living west. Maybe it's our pioneering nature, I'm not sure. People like the west end, northwest end," Karsky said.
"I know it's a wide-open area. It's kind of barren of trees. Trees grow, and they grow quickly, and before long you have a nice-looking neighborhood," Simmons said.
Development in northwest Sioux Falls is expected to arrive even faster than the trees themselves.
"I believe the school district has plans for an elementary school; we're going to have a park behind us. Valley View Road is coming down this way; I believe we'll have access to the bike trails from here," Karsky said.
Simmons says if the city is going to continually expand at a rate of 3,000 households per year, a lot of that is going to happen in northwest Sioux Falls because every other part of the city is close to or reaching capacity. Ten years from now or in even less time, we'll be seeing more rooftops than fields.