STURGIS, SD (KELO) — Affordable housing is a problem across the country. In the Black Hills, towns like Sturgis are struggling to keep up with demand as more people move to the area.
Over the next few years, you may notice a lot of construction in the Black Hills neighborhoods. It’s because more people need a place to live.
” It’s very difficult. Homes coming on the market are selling very quickly, and then the influx of people wanting to move to South Dakota has been a challenge, just to provide affordable, decent housing,” Amanda Anglin, Exec. Real. said Sturgis Economic Development.
Currently, four developments are under construction in the town of Sturgis.
Not including the Valley View subdivision and Harvest Meadows Estates which will eventually provide approximately 500 homes and apartments.
“It will be a great addition to Sturgis,” said Christina Steele, the city’s public information officer.
Affordable housing has been a need here in Sturgis for the past 10 years. The city and developers are therefore trying to keep up.
“Sturgis is a bit unique in that we have been growing at a fairly good rate for several years now and so the housing shortage that we have seen like everywhere in the Black Hills is quite aggressive. Whenever we have a small development, it immediately fills up. So any type of housing that comes along will be welcome,” Steele said.
However, these projects will take time.
“We’re working on those, it’s just going to be slower than we would like,” Anglin said.
Projects like Valley View and Harvest Meadows take a while to develop. Community leaders say they have worked hard to ensure the project meets the city’s requirements.