$200 a day rent for Downtown Sioux Falls Loft Apartment

Yes, that is the daily rent, for the month it will cost you $5,950. I purchased my home 20 years ago, before I bought the house the rent I paid for a nice 1-bedroom behind U-Haul in Pettigrew Heights was $350 a month which included gas and garbage service. For $5,950 a month you could pay a mortgage on a 1 million dollar home. You can rent a decent hotel room in Sioux Falls for about $100 a night. Heck even Hotel Phillips only 2 blocks from this loft charges between $140-$220 a night. An VRBO or Air BNB is even cheaper. This 3 bedroom short term rental in McKennan Park will run you about $162 a night. Even if you had 3 people renting the loft, they would still have to pay $2,000 a month in rent. In fact what you would pay for rent in a year for this place ($70K+) was more then the original purchase price of my home.

Normally I wouldn’t give two rips about what a wealthy property owner/developer in DTSF charges for rent, I’m a free market person and if they can get that kind of ‘rent’ money, good for you. Where I take issue is that this building received a facade easement grant* (basically the city gives private developers money to fix up their historical facades with little oversight). I asked a councilor recently if the half-Inch faux brick that they glued on the front of Lucky’s facade was considered historic? Faux brick has been a trend lately, but I still think it looks fake. I thought one of the requirements of historic restoration was for it to be actually historic, you know, like the fiberglass bulstrades on the Pavilion’s new roof.

Besides the atrocious monthly rent, this really doesn’t make the city look very good when they are handing out TIFs for condo parking ramps and facade grants DTSF but on the other hand are promoting(?) affordable and accessible housing.

*The facade easement program was mysteriously and suddenly re-instated by the urging of Central District Councilor Curt Soehl. No surprise the 1st recipients for the grants were the former campaign treasurer for Soehl (for the 9th and Grange coffee shop that he is restoring) and the investment group that owns the Lucky’s loft who has given thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to Mayor TenHaken and his various supported candidates. The program is nothing but a pay to play payback to these campaign contributors. The program was originally ended because there really is NO need for taxpayers to be propping up these private developers.

The city really needs to get out of the wealthy developer welfare program business and start incentivizing affordable housing DTSF with programs that help build housing density while focusing on the individual property and small rental owners. Instead the city’s solution is to build slab on grade tract homes in a cornfield in Southern Brandon. Even a chicken playing tic-tac-toe is smarter than that.

UPDATE: In 2017 Rapid City used a very small TIF to support affordable housing (H/T Mike Zitterich). It was 5 years ago, but for a $26,500 TIF the developer was able to build 5 Town Homes – the cheapest with the price tag of $109K. Even with inflationary adjustments, that same place would only be about $130-150K today. It was built on a blighted empty lot.

We could legally do this in the core of the city, and we could do it for multiple properties.

Here is a video of the project;



6 comments ↓

#1 D@ily Spin on 12.22.22 at 10:31 am

The city has a fixation with parking garages. Build it and they will come (empty parking skyscraper) didn’t work. TIF’s to developers is but another mistake. Find somewhere for people to live and they’ll find junk cars for your parking ramps.

#2 scott on 12.22.22 at 10:46 am

mike z will tell “us” why this is good for “we” the “people”.

#3 Very Stable Genius on 12.22.22 at 3:36 pm

When you can afford that kind of rent, then you are definitely a sovereign, right Mike?

#4 Mike Zitterich on 12.22.22 at 6:17 pm

The Parking Ramp, Garages, Surface Lots became a statewide resolution by means fo SDCL 9-51 in 1961. The concept was to present Motor Vehicles as a “blight” within municipalities as they clean up and remove them from public roadways.

As for TIFS, not really the developer who profits from them, they are designed to encourage landowners-property holders to cleanup and invest in their land. It comes down to what types of developments we want to see as a community. I been finding tons of TIF style developments to help with Affordable Housing and Workforce Housing, mostly all on the west side of the State, the City of Sturgis has like 20 of them between $500,000 to $2,000,000 charged to the city. But…you need landowners willing to develop their private properties, and of which to allow for Public Roadways, Utilities, Easements, and Infrastructure to be developed on their land.

#5 Easyments on 12.23.22 at 8:29 am

Have you look at the shoddy workmanship on the front of Lucky’s. The city sure got its money’s worth on that mess.

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