SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sioux Falls property owner is apologizing to his neighbors and looking to the future.
Building permits filed with the city say crews began work on a southern Sioux Falls home in 2013. Five years later, the project is on hold and the nearly $1.3 million house sits vacant. This past weekend that made it a target for vandals. It isn't the first time.
Now owner Vitaliy Strizheus, also known as "Vick," wants to tell his side of the story.
Strizheus tells KELOLAND News he owns one company, FourPercent.com.
"This company is an online education center for entrepreneurs, so all the lessons that I've learned over the years, the good, the bad, the mistakes, the crazy things I've done that I wish I wouldn't, so we're just teaching entrepreneurs on how to market, how to do whatever they're doing, in business, do it better," Strizheus said.
He says he realizes the vandalism to the house in question is up front and center on the unfinished home he owns.
"I don't like it, it's unfortunate, but it is what it is, sometimes we just got to deal with what happens and move forward," Strizheus said.
We asked him about the future of the home.
"Probably going to be one of the nicest homes in Sioux Falls once it's done, which was kind of the vision for it," Strizheus said. "Still is. And the future is to have it finished, have it be built."
He says medical expenses and a nearly $2 million tax bill delayed construction of the home.
"In context of life and family and all that stuff, this becomes totally secondary," Strizheus said.
He says this home is around 80 percent complete.
"The heating, the plumbing, the water all that, electrical stuff is done, we just got to do the fancy stuff," Strizheus said. "So our hope is to have it done, hopefully by the end of the year."
Strizheus also says he "want[s] to apologize" for the way the property looks. He says he wants to finish this property "as soon as possible."