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Development in downtown Sioux Falls on the rise

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The city of Sioux Falls is seeing a lot of growth right now. But it's not just growing out -- people are also flocking right to the historic center of the city.

Downtown Sioux Falls was full of people taking advantage of the warm weather Saturday. But Norman Drake, the CEO of Legacy Development and Consulting, says downtown 20 years ago was fairly abandoned.

He says where we see retail and commercial offices today -- back then there was hardly any. It was just over the last 10 years that we've seen downtown really come alive.

Part of that development have been loft spaces. People are moving to the heart of downtown.

"As a developer, you always worry about what the longevity and what the ability to attract people and businesses because they are dependent on each other. Without having people living here, it's hard to attract the retailers and hard to attract the other businesses that we need," said Drake.

Drake says in the last five years, more than 500 people have moved downtown -- only adding to the vibrancy of what is downtown Sioux Falls.

Kim Hayes is just one of those people who have made the move to downtown.
"It chimes every hour on the hour and it lights up at night. So our view is fun at night," said Hayes.

And the view in the morning is not so bad either Hayes says.

Last October, Hayes moved from a spacious two-floor house, where she and her husband raised their children in, to a loft downtown.
"So we come home to a nice quiet place and we walk two blocks and we're right in the middle of it. So that has been a lot of fun," said Hayes.

And she's no stranger to downtown either. In fact, Hayes used to own a business for six years down here. How things have changed over the past 10 years she says.
"When we would walk downtown from Main to have dinner -- always people buzzing around -- but not the numbers there are now between something always going on at the Washington Pavilion, very often something at The Orpheum, the State Theater's going to be up and going and all the restaurants and boutiques type shops," said Hayes.

She's even lucky enough to watch all that is downtown unfold in front of her very eyes.
"There are new businesses I think that are going to be constantly attracted because there are so many people living down here," said Hayes.

And it even seems the family dog enjoys the new view.
"He kind of likes the small space and goes out on the deck with us and watches the world go by and loves to walk downtown. So I think we're all pretty happy," said Hayes.

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