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South development offers possibilities for Lennox growth

One hundred and sixty acres south of Lennox is ready for development.

The Kuper Farm Addition is located just south of the Industrial Park and High School, outlined by Highway 17 and Old Hwy. 44 (280th St.). These two major roadways provide an ideal location according to the property’s co-owner Gene Kuper.

“It’s a good concept with Hwy. 17 and I-29 access on Hwy. 44,” said Kuper.

The concept plans have been drawn up by Kuper’s engineers at Dick Sayer and Associates to give potential developers an idea of what could be done, but really it’s just a starting place. In the drawing (at right) it is designed for half industrial and half residential. The concept plan, as is, has the potential for 130 homes and room for apartments and duplexes.

Kuper notes that a developer could choose to change the whole concept completely but stresses the possibilities are there.

“It’s a great place to come in and do some development,” he said.

Some big steps have already been taken to make the land enticing for any developer. Kuper said it has been surveyed by the state and there are no wetland problems. It has already been annexed into the City of Lennox.

Property Manager for Kuper, Wayne Peterson said, “A major hurdle is the wetland survey. We have that out of their way.”

They have been working on this for two years. The land is a blank slate, not only with easy interstate access but Main Street access as well. In the concept plan Main Street is shown running through the new development.

The land is located close to schools, the city park, and a new recreational trail on Highway 44 is planned to be put in later this year. Kuper also noted that the land is only twenty-five minutes from the biggest city in the state and a major airport.

“Lennox needs housing,” said Kuper, “There’s plenty of room out there for a clean start.”

“The development opens up potential for a variety of projects. Being prepared for development opportunities with an arsenal of available property allows the community to be more competitive,” said Nick Fosheim, Executive Director, Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations.

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