A major development that will bring hundreds of homes and thousands of square feet of commercial space to Sioux Falls' east side is moving forward.
River's Bend will consist of two parts: a large lifestyle shopping center called "The Galleria" and about 400 homes in a community that will be called "Arbor's Edge". The complex will be located along Highway 42, partially on land that's currently Arndt's salvage yard. Tuesday, people in neighborhoods who live around the proposed site had a chance to share their concerns with developers. And many of the people who gathered to learn more about the project shared the same feelings.
“We moved out there for the quiet, a little elbow room, and a lot less traffic and the inevitable is slowly coming,” said Allen Holm, who will live next to the project when it’s completed.
Holm and his neighbors asked questions about everything from traffic to noise and even about the light pollution the shopping and residential complex could bring.
“This is an opportunity to get their input but also get them updated on the development progress,” said Project Manager Jonathan Lockhart with the Twin-Cities-based development company PariPassu.
Lockhart explained the retail portion of the plan includes several features to mange those concerns. Developers plan to use landscaping and green space to help buffer noise, special fixtures to cut down on excess light in the area and more narrow roads for traffic control.
“One of the things we're going is our design plan, making sure once traffic enters our development it doesn't go anywhere else but in our development,” Lockhart said.
He said the goal is to make shopping at River's Bend an upscale experience.
“A lot of residents have neighboring property, they have one lot. We however have 400 lots that we want to see succeed,” he said, referencing the single-family lots in the complex they're also hoping to develop at the same time as the shopping center.
PariPassu leaders say they hope River's Bend will attract high-end national retailers that currently don't have a presence in Sioux Falls. And that also fits the price tag of homes they hope to build in the area, which they say should range between $350,000 and $1 million.
Most people left the meeting with a better understanding of what River's Bend could bring, but say they want to be kept informed as the project moves forward.
“I'd like more information from the city and developers as they go through this about what guarantees they have that what we are seeing is what they'll actually deliver later on,” said Holm.
PariPassu hopes to break ground on the project this spring, but say the final completion date will vary depending on the state’s plans to rebuild Highway 42.
The plans also have to be approved by Sioux Fall’s planning commission. The city will get a chance to view the plans on October 4.
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