A southwest Sioux Falls house is seeing a lot of activity even though it has sat vacant for years. The most recent report on South Westfield Trail came in over the weekend. Three teens and an adult are accused of vandalizing the house. After seeing the video, people began asking KELOLAND News why the 9,500 square foot house is sitting empty.
We used a city database to find out who owns this more than $1 million property. The owner is Vitaliy “Vick” Strizheus. We also find some more information on the house. According to City documents, he filed a $1 million permit in December to finish the interior of the house. Sioux Falls Neighborhood Services Manager, Matt Tobias, says the work hasn’t happened and the permit initially expired. Tobias says Strizheus resolved that issue and now has more time. However, the City and neighbors are wondering if the house will ever be finished.
In the 10 years Pete Randazzo has called the Southwest neighborhood home, a lot more houses have popped up.
“Became real popular,” Randazzo said.
Including one that has made the news recently. A construction company filed a permit for it in 2013.
“He started to build, we heard there was going to be a nice house there and it just sort of halted,” Randazzo said.
The house is the view from Randazzo’s front yard. He says it’s been this way for a few years, and he hasn’t seen any construction work in at least one year.
“It’s a bit of an eye sore,” Randazzo said.
According the City’s website, the house takes up three lots of land in the neighborhood. One of the lots is a double lot.
“It’d be nice to have some houses built,” Randazzo said.
“It’s been on our radar,” Tobias said.
Tobias says neighbors have reported overgrown weeds and multiple break-ins, including the vandalism earlier this week.
“We do not want to have squatters, people breaking in that house. It does pose a threat to us and we’ve addressed that with the owner,” Tobias said.
Tobias says the owner has also extended his building permit to next December.
“We as a City, we don’t have the authority to come in and say your project should only take so long to do. So, even though this one has drug out, it is in compliance right now with the active building permit,” Tobias said.
Brady Mallory: “Do you think you’ll ever see it finished?”
Randazzo: “I don’t think I will.”
KELOLAND News has contacted Strizheus, and is working on talking with him for KELOLAND News and KELOLAND.com.