The plan was to build a nearly $1.3 million home; five years later, it’s still not finished.
It’s the same house vandals targeted last weekend. Three teens and an adult are accused of doing damage.
After seeing the size and ambitious style, viewers asked us why the 9,500 square foot house is sitting empty. The owner hasn’t given us an answer, but according to city documents, a builder filed a $1 million permit in December to finish the interior of the house. Sioux Falls Neighborhood Services Manager, Matt Tobias, says the work never happened and the permit initially expired. Tobias doesn’t know when it could be finished, but says the city has been in contact with the owner and builder.
Tobias says the owner resolved the permit issue, and now has more time. In the last three years, the city has cited the property owner more than a dozen times for everything from landscaping to health concerns.
To find out why construction is on hold, we decided to find out more about the owner.
First, we checked with the Secretary of State’s office and discovered Vitaliy Strizheus has run at least two businesses in South Dakota.
One is no longer active. The other appears to be known around the country.
The Four Percent Group, LLC is based out of Sioux Falls. Strizheus, who goes by the name “Vick,” has his own website and posts video after video with advice on making money. Some of them have been watched tens of thousands of times.
According to one of his posts, he came up with the idea for the business while serving time in the Minnehaha County Jail.
We’ll revisit the case that sent him to jail in 2009 and talk with people who live near another property that belongs to Strizheus on the northeast side of Sioux Falls on KELOLAND News at 10.