- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The last remaining piece of a century-old farmstead in northeastern Sioux Falls might soon become multi-story apartment buildings.

A portion of the Lacey Estate for 115 years has survived urban sprawl and now stands amid roads, homes and schools. Lois and Kelly Brown still keep a few horses in a barn on the 6-acre parcel.

The Browns put the land up for sale three years ago. They and the company buying the property now want the city to rezone it to make way for an apartment complex with six buildings and up to 143 units, the Argus newspaper Leader reported (http://argusne.ws/22xsT5H ).

“We’re trying to look at the site overall and see how best to make it a development,” said Erica Beck, vice president of development for Lloyd Companies, which hopes to break ground on the project next spring.

City planners are recommending approval of the rezoning request, saying the property is an ideal fit for a multi-housing development because schools, libraries and parks already exist in the area.

Neighbors aren’t so pleased. They worry about the effects of hundreds of additional residents on traffic and the look of the area.

“We don’t want to look at black top,” neighbor Teresa Sefer said.

Parts of the Lacey Estate already have been repurposed. Two schools and a park now sit on former estate land.

“This is just the last few acres of the Lacey homestead,” said real estate agent Ryan Tysdal.

The City Council will have the final say on the rezoning request.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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