Sioux Falls has issued a record number of building permits this year.
But around town, you also may have noticed several buildings with for sale or for lease signs.
KSFY News looked into what the future holds for many of those empty store fronts.
We've seen a lot of new development in Sioux Falls.
Many of the high profile projects seem to be outside of downtown.
And if you walk around the streets of the heart of Sioux Falls, you'll see those "For Sale" signs.
But we spoke with a few people who said it just means there are lots of changes in store for downtown.
"For Sale," "For Lease," "Store Closing," these are signs that change is coming to downtown Sioux Falls.
One longtime fixture, Traditions Furniture, is moving on to another location.
Traditions Furniture Manager Julie Roth said "it's a great building, it's a great, fun location. There's lot's going on downtown all the time so it will be a little sad, but we're just excited."
Lloyd Companies' Raquel Blount is equally excited about the soon to be vacant store fronts.
"We've actually had retailers and restaurant groups that have specifically requested the right location in the downtown area, so we're very excited about that," Blount said.
And as some retailers move out, another type of development is moving in.
"There's more housing units being built downtown and that always puts more people on the street, and more people buying products and needing services," Blount said.
Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. Communications and Membership Coordinator Brienne Maner said "we're looking at these vacancies as an opportunity to really cater to those residents. We know that there's a lot of things that they want, and a lot of things that they need, and so we're going to use this opportunity to hopefully fill those spaces with things that they need."
It's said real estate is about location, location, location, but when it comes to filling those empty spaces, it's also in the timing.
"It takes time and so you might see a vacancy come up and it takes time to plan, and to put plans together, and then you go out and try to find a user to put the whole project together," Blount said.
"They will be filled eventually. and sometimes they take a little longer. again we want the right fit, and that's kind of what we're focused on right now," Maner said.
Brienne tells us there's a $100 million dollars in development downtown.
Downtown Sioux Falls Inc. offers small business advice and loans, and it also helps entrepreneurs make the right connections.
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