Sioux Falls residents frustrated by new industrial park
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Residents of a quiet Sioux Falls neighborhood are worrying that a new industrial park is encroaching on their properties.
Many residents living near Foundation Park have expressed concerns about increased traffic, road damage and obstructed views, the Argus Leader reported.
The 820-acre (332-hectare) industrial park currently has just one tenant, a refrigerated storage company called Win Chill. But Foundation Park is expected to fill up, and trucking company Dakota Carriers is already on the way.
The area is a prime spot for industry, said Dean Dziedzic, interim president of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, the development group behind the park. The location is near two Interstates and there’s rail access north and south of the park.
“There’s no other land with that type of access,” he said.
Dan Winrow said his house was coated in dust earlier this summer after tractor-trailers traveling to the industrial park used an unpaved road.
“They say Win Chill and Foundation Park are great for residents of Sioux Falls, but what about us?” Winrow said. “What about the people eating dust all the time? What do we get out of it? We’d like a (blacktop) road.”
Patti Guthrie lives near the industrial park. She said she understands the development will benefit Sioux Falls, but she’s worried about the traffic and loud noises from heavy industrial work.
Guthrie said the development group didn’t consult property owners before announcing the new industrial park.
“They didn’t talk to any other property owners,” she said. “They only talked to the people they bought the land from.”
Dziedzic said the park was announced when the land was purchased in 2014, and residents were invited to an open house. He said he wasn’t responsible for contacting residents before the announcement, but that former employees did so.
The development group is trying to address residents’ concerns within reason, he said.
Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com