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Sanford Re-Zoning Signs Concern Neighbors

August 27, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Sanford Re-Zoning Signs Concern Neighbors
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A group of Sioux Falls neighbors are getting more nervous by the day, and it all started with a sign posted at the street corner near Sanford Health last week.

"Very scared. I was scared to possibly having to look for a new place to live, losing our home. We've lived here for over 7 years," Heather Smith said.

The re-zoning sign near 16th St. and West Ave. has raised a lot of questions for people who live near-by, but for some neighbors, expansion for the hospital is far from unusual.

"In 1955, or as best I remember, probably the early 60's, there was a park in front of the hospital, it was one building. Now, it's almost in our front yard," Dave Twedt said.

Twedt lives in the home his parents had for years. They would watch as Sanford kept getting bigger and bigger.

"I think it used to bother me more as it was growing, but the way Sioux Falls has expanded, I guess it's something you have to deal with," Twedt said.

It's a bigger issue for parents like Heather Smith, who is constantly keeping an eye on what the latest story is about what her neighborhood might become.

"We were told, I've lived here since 2007 and we were told that in 2010 this was supposed to be torn down and made into a park," Smith said.

Each expansion project, especially those involving parking lots, have brought in a headache for those in the area. Any heavy rains bring an increased risk of flooding.

"A lot of that is because we have no grass anymore because of the expansion of the hospital parking lots. The run-off has to go somewhere and it ends up coming down to the south and that becomes an issue at times," Twedt said.

They now will just wait and see what happens down the road, and neither have any intention of letting go of the neighborhood they love.

"I'm just waiting. Nope, not yet. This is my home and stability for me and my children and I don't want to have to pick them up and move them until I absolutely have to," Smith said.

Neighbors that we spoke with say that they have every intention of going to the meeting Thursday night at the Schroeder Auditorium starting at 6:00 p.m. It is a public meeting, but Sanford did send out over 200 invitations to homes that are on the border of the campus.

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