Architecture firm to renovate historic city building

Jan. 16, 2018

Stone Group Architects plans to renovate a historic city building on the east end of downtown into its new office.

The fast-growing firm submitted a proposal to buy the building at 600 E. Seventh St., which was built in 1917 and served as a fire station, library and most recently storage space for the Parks and Recreation Department. It’s adjacent to Heritage Park.

Rendering by Stone Group Architects

“It’s a beautiful building,” Stone Group owner and principal architect Todd Stone said. “We’ve been wanting to find one for quite a while downtown and have been watching. That building is fairly unique with a lot of character and open areas, which we like for collaborative space in our office”

He plans to move his staff of eight into the first floor of the 6,100-square-foot space. Stone founded his firm in 2012, moved to his office at 319 N. Main Ave. two years later and also opened a location in Sioux City.

Rendering by Stone Group Architects

The new space is designed with growth in mind, he said.

“We need a lot more (people). We’re trying to find good help.”

He plans to lease out the second floor, which is about 2,000 square feet, to Alternative Strategies Group, a financial planning firm, until his firm needs the space.

Rendering by Stone Group Architects

Preliminary designs show outdoor seating added to the property as well as diagonal parking.

The city chose to negotiate a purchase and development agreement with Stone following a request for proposals. An agreement to sell the property will require City Council approval.

“It was important for the city to find a proposer who wanted to redevelop the property in a way that is complementary to Heritage Park and downtown Sioux Falls and would be a true asset to the neighborhood,” said Don Kearney, director of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Stone hopes to move in this fall.

Historic city building draws interest from potential buyers

Architecture firm to renovate historic city building

Stone Group Architects plans to renovate a historic city building on the east end of downtown into its new office.

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