SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - We have an update on the future of some homes in a historic part of Sioux Falls. If you've driven through central Sioux Falls, or taken a residential street to get to downtown, you're probably familiar with three properties along Dakota Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets and another around the corner on the same block on 19th Street. The four addresses are at 1005, 1023, and 1027 S. Dakota Avenue and 414 W. 19th Street.
A developer wants to tear down these four properties to build a commercial building facing Minnesota Avenue on the next block. The Board of Historic Preservation decided that doing so "would have an adverse effect on the Sherman Historic District."
Wednesday, the Sioux Falls Board of Historic Preservation approved a case report for these four properties, sending it on to the state.
Developer Sam Assam is also a Sioux Falls real estate agent. While he didn't want to do an on-camera interview, he did tell KELOLAND News he wants to work with the neighborhood.
"Sam has requested that he wants to go to City Council 'cause he wants to continue the pursuit of razing these homes. So probably sometime in August would be that meeting with City Council. That date is to be determined," said Diane deKoeyer, urban planner with the City of Sioux Falls and staff liaison for the Board of Historic Preservation.
Tom Schnabel lives a block away from the properties in question.
"In a perfect world, I'd like to see them rehabilitated and used as homes, as single-family homes, but I don't know that that's feasible," Schnabel said. "I don't know that they're structurally sound, or it'd be economically feasible to rehabilitate them."
If that doesn't work, he has another idea.
"If it isn't, then what I would like to see next best thing, is to have those homes taken down and low-density housing put up," Schnabel said.
George Hamilton is redoing two homes in the neighborhood and plans to move here. KELOLAND News asked him what he'd like to see happen with these four properties.
"Ideally I would like to see the properties rehabbed and put back on the market," Hamilton said. "These properties are savable. They may look a little hard right now, but structurally they are sound."