Van Buskirk housing development expanding on city’s east side

By Jodi Schwan

There’s more housing coming to the east side.

Van Buskirk Cos. is starting the next phase of its Willow Ridge development along Six Mile Road near Fred Assam Elementary.

The development started in 2008 and has two distinct neighborhoods – one for the move-up market and “then the top half of the bluff is where some of the unbelievable views are and really caters to the higher-end market with more executive lots,” said Ryan Jansa, land development manager.

Van Buskirk is developing an additional 80 acres, and Sioux Falls is annexing about half of that.

“We’ll (develop) incrementally in probably 6- to 8-acre chunks as we get closer to Madison Street,” Jansa said. “We’ll start moving dirt hopefully in the next 30 days.”

Lots will be priced from $50,000 to $200,000, he said.

“One of the unique things about Willow Ridge is it’s going to have a school right in the neighborhood and a city park. Those are things people are definitely interested in; the ability to walk to school and walk to the park without crossing the street is a big plus.”

The elementary school is in the Brandon Valley School District.

New land for building in south Sioux Falls has been limited by sewer capacity and the market has made “some fundamental shifts to the east and a little bit to the west,” Jansa said, adding that the rolling hills, pine trees and river views have helped sell buyers on Willow Ridge.

“That helps with the appeal for sure,” he said. “The east side is definitely where you’re going to see expansion. Topographywise there’s no comparison.”

Van Buskirk housing development expanding on city’s east side

Van Buskirk Cos. is starting the next phase of its Willow Ridge development along Six Mile Road near Fred Assam Elementary.

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