Part of long-vacant Oaks Hotel property to get new owner

By Rosemary McCoy

G&D Viking Glass is planning to build a warehouse, shop and office on part of the former Oaks Hotel property in northwest Sioux Falls.

G&D Viking Glass made a deal to buy almost half of the 8-acre property on the southwest corner of Maple Street and Westport Avenue, contingent on the rezoning, said Travis Duncan, one of four partners in the business.

The City Council is expected to vote on the zoning change in October.

“As soon as we get that last approval, we’ll start construction,” he said. “That should take six to seven months.”

The 24,000-square-foot building will replace the current location at 1417 A Ave. in the industrial area south of the airport.

“We’ve just outgrown this place,” Duncan said.

The business, which does mostly commercial glass installation and some residential work, has been on A Avenue since it started in 1999, he said.

G&D Viking Glass has a staff of 20, and 14 of those employees do the installations, working in a 150- to 200-mile radius of Sioux Falls, Duncan said.

David Graham owns the former Oaks Hotel property. The hotel closed in 2008, and it was demolished in 2012. He hoped to build two hotels there, but plans never materialized.

Part of long-vacant Oaks Hotel property to get new owner

G&D Viking Glass is planning to build a warehouse, shop and office on part of the former Oaks Hotel property in northwest Sioux Falls.

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