- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 7, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls developer that wants to build a large apartment complex on the site of a century-old urban farmstead is no closer to a compromise with neighbors who oppose the idea after a summer of negotiations.

Lloyd Companies earlier this year asked the city to rezone the Lacey Estate property to make way for an apartment complex with up to 143 units. More than 150 area property owners formed the Shape Oak View opposition group, citing concerns such as increased traffic, density and storm water drainage.

The City Council in June delayed action to provide more time for talks between the developer and the opposition group. But the Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/2c7s5Qi ) reported that the two sides are no closer to an agreement.

“The reaction was it just grew more opposition to the proposal,” said Tony Burke, an Oakview neighborhood homeowner who helped organize the Shape Oakview group.

Lloyd Companies’ vice president for development, Erica Beck, said in an email that an alternative site plan addresses reduces all building sizes to two-stories or less and addresses drainage concerns with a retention pond.

“While we appreciate the neighborhood’s concerns and have taken the time to address them on key fronts, we also know that the end result of our project moving forward means that families will have an opportunity to live in an area where their kids can get to and from schools, a community center, a park and a library safely - which is something that we believe is incredibly important and should all want for our community,” she wrote.

The council is scheduled to take up the matter on Tuesday.


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

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