It’s the second large downtown Sioux Falls development project KELOLAND News is hearing about just this week.
On Monday we told you about the multi-million dollar mixed-use project planned for the railyard redevelopment area.
Now there’s a $13 million plan to transform a low-income apartment building into apartments, event space and retail.
Green Acre Companies is under contract to buy the Huey Apartment building along Phillips Avenue, near 8th Street.
The proposed Huey Building would feature six stories of retail, event space and 62 apartments. The apartments feature floor to ceiling windows with patios.
“It seems like it’s the new trend. That’s great. It provides more things to do,” Downtown Resident Gavin Johnson said.
It’s dramatically different than what the Huey Apartments look like now.
“It’s great for the city. I think it’s great for downtown with how it’s progressed over the past 10 years,” Johnson said.
Not everyone is swept away by the proposed change.
“We have until January 15 to move out,” Steve Brown said.
Brown lives in one of the apartments. They’re currently low-income HUD housing. Right now there’s a huge need for more affordable housing in the city.
“You have to get on a list and wait a while. I think it’s going to be hard to find a place,” Brown said.
In order to make the renderings a reality, the developers would need to buy property just east of the building. Right now the city owns it. For Green Acre to buy it, city council members would need to declare it surplus.
The developers face some obstacles in getting that approval, but they believe their plan would make the downtown more walkable and a better experience for both visitors and residents, like Johnson.
“I feel like our generation is starting to figure out how we want to progress the city,” Johnson said.
A progression that Johnson says isn’t perfect though, especially for those like Brown.
“You want it to be a place for everyone, not just people who have money,” Johnson said.
“I’m just hoping to get me a place. That’s all I can say,” Brown said.
The city council plans to take up the issue at its August 7 meeting.
If council members approve the land sale, work will start at the beginning of the year.