Local business expands east of downtown Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – Over the past several years, commuters passing along East 10th Street in downtown Sioux Falls have watched the gradual decline of 121 S Franklin Ave, a tall, narrow building huddled next to crosswalk as he rises to cross. industrial parks and the Big Sioux River.

But recently, you may have noticed a change.

Gone now are the shuttered windows, faded red brick and even the front door. Those changes come at the hands of the building’s new owners, the law firm of Lockwood & Zahrbock Kool.

KELOLAND News caught up with Tressa Zahrbock Kool Tuesday morning, who gave us a tour of the property and talked about what’s in store.

Lockwood & Zahrbock Kool is a law firm that focuses primarily on family law. They are currently based in the Gourley Building downtown, but are planning to move into their new offices in September.

Zahrbock Kool says the new location offers a number of advantages over their existing office. “It’s really easy to explain to customers how to get here,” she said. “The other great thing is we actually have parking here.”

However, those are just fringe benefits to the new location. “The biggest reason we had to move here was space,” she said, noting that their current office is less than half the size of their new office. “We were outgrowing that space.”

Space, they now have. Zahrbock Kool estimates the new building at about 92-9,300 square feet, of which the law practice will occupy about 52-5,200 square feet. The remaining space will be available for rent.

Part of the space for rent. Zahrbock Kool said 1 or 2 more tenants could be accommodated in the building and mentioned things like accountants, counselors or even a gym or brewery as possible options for residents.

The building sits on just over a hectare of land, which the owners plan to fully develop, with green space and a heated warehouse that other buildings can rent out.

Zahrbock Kool hopes their office will be among the first of many businesses looking to expand into existing space east of downtown. “What we believe you’re going to see is everything from Franklin Ave., going all the way to Cliff Ave. — under way.”

As for supporting the community surrounding the building, Zahrbock Kool talked about supporting existing businesses, not just new ones. “We met with the individuals in front of us, which is a type of food/market – that’s going to be a huge benefit for us. Our employees will be able to go there and get something to eat. They have great pastries there!”

Zahrbock Kool hopes the renovated building will serve to draw people across the viaduct from downtown and into the area east of the river. Part of this process was the commissioning of a mural to be painted on the south wall of the building, which was completed in July.

A mural by artist Brian Boner covers the length of the south wall.

“You have to have something that shows people to make them want to come – it’s a short walk [and] the bike path is also there,” said Zahrbock Kool. “We may be the first business here on this corner, but soon within the next few years, you will see many more businesses in the area.

In addition to a new paint job and a completely remodeled interior, the building will also have a parking lot along the north side (where the entrance will now be), separated from the building by a green area.

The location of the future green space between the building (right) and the parking lot (left).

Zahrbock Kool sees this move to a new location as a way to contribute to the community. “We live in this city, we work in the city; we want to invest in the community – we want this to be a place we’re proud of and a place that fits within the community.”

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