New neighborhoods in southeastern Sioux Falls to include retail spaces

Andara Puchino
Construction begins on housing developments in the Harvest Creek area on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, in Sioux Falls.

A new major housing development by Empire Companies is well underway in southeastern Sioux Falls just south of Harmodon Park.

The 150-acre Harvest Creek development near 57th and Veterans Parkway will feature three separate multi-family neighborhoods, The Slate, The Croft and The Wondery, as well as commercial and retail businesses. 

The Slate at Harvest Creek, the first of the three neighborhoods, began construction last year on its two- and three-bedroom townhomes that include 118 living units and a clubhouse.

Already, the $17.5 million complex is about ¼ leased out, and four of the 17 buildings are complete. The plan is to finish construction on The Slate sometime next summer.

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“We’re trying to create individual neighborhoods within an overall community so they have their own identity but a cohesive feel,” said VP of Architecture Jacob Bunde. “The goal is to make it more comfortable and feel more like a home by providing those spaces instead of just a sea of apartments.”

The Slate, a neighborhood of townhomes, represents the growing housing developments in the Harvest Creek area on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, in Sioux Falls.

Bunde further described the development as having a modern theme design with ample green space and parking, all meant to contribute to the “welcoming neighborhood.”

Building permits for The Croft were issued Tuesday with a permit valuation of nearly $18 million in estimated construction. 

The Croft will feature two- to four-bedroom townhomes totaling 130 units, a clubhouse, a dog park and a playground. The clubhouse will have a lounge, coffee bar, management office, fitness center, pool table and resort-style pool.

Leasing should hopefully start in the spring, Jesse Wolfe, Empire’s VP of construction, said. 

The third neighborhood will be The Wondery, which will eventually have 166 units consisting of two- and three-story apartments and townhomes plus its own clubhouse. Construction on the Wondery will start either later this fall or first thing in the spring. 

Jacob Bunde, Vice President of architecture, and Jesse Wolfe, Vice President of construction, talk about upcoming housing developments in the Harvest Creek area on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, in Sioux Falls.

While each neighborhood will have its own clubhouse, all residents will have access to the main pool at The Croft. 

Another major part of the Harvest Creek development will include space for 10 stand-alone office buildings, strip retail centers, possible restaurants and a coffee shop. 

“We really tried to incorporate that whole work-life balance into this development,” Wolfe said. “With the nice access off of 57th, it will also be nice having some retail here for convenience, right in the neighborhood. People can grab something without really having to leave home.”

A rendering of the Harvest Creek development with the commercial and retail spaces highlighted. The 150-acre development on South 57th Street in Sioux Falls will also feature three multi-family neighborhoods.

The retail and office space will span half a mile along 57th Street, just north of the neighborhoods.

Nyberg’s Ace Hardware was the first business to purchase land for a future site at Harvest Creek, but nothing else has been announced at this time.

The leasing agency for the commercial part of the development is Van Buskirk Companies.

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