The old barn at the new Lake Lorraine development in western Sioux Falls is going to be torn down.
Friessen Development says that 75 to 80 percent of the wood though will be saved and repurposed.
Developers are working with a local architectural firm to design a new building to use as a community space within the development.
They plan to use much of the barnwood in that space, which will honor some of the historical aspects of Lake Lorrain, along with the Friessen family’s contribution.
Over the past few months the public has weighed in on what they would like to see done with the barn on the Lake Lorraine Facebook page.
An overwhelming number of people wanted to keep or restore the barn in some way.
“Originally, I felt strongly to keep the barn as it exists,” said Patty Vognild, Vice President of Friessen Development. “After consulting with movers, architects and builders, it became obvious that to make this 80-year old structure meet modern day building codes to become usable could likely end in disaster. “
Developers say keeping the barn in its current state would be difficult though because it’s in rough shape.
Friessen Development will share plans and development timelines in the coming months.
Lake Lorraine has changed dramatically over the past year, and now is home to several national retailers, including HomeGoods, Hobby Lobby and DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse.