Highland Five Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

September 25, 2015


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Highland Five Apartments

Affordable Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization project

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Affordable Housing Solutions along with the City of Sioux Falls hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 25th, at 11:00 am. to celebrate the completion of a unique Whittier Neighborhood Revitalization project that is providing affordable housing for seniors, veterans and disabled residents. Highland Five Apartments takes the place of two very dilapidated homes that were removed by AHS.   

The $550,000 project was funded through both private and public funds.  First Congregational Church, Wesley United Methodist Church, COOP Architecture and Affordable Housing solutions provided private capital and in-kind donations towards the project.  The City of Sioux Falls utilized both general funds and HOME funding.  South Dakota Housing Development Authority provided funding through the HOME and NSP programs.  

The project design was born through a competition developed by a group, “Architects for Humanity”.  The winning design was created by the team at COOP Architecture.  They provided full design and project support of the project at no cost.  Elements of natural light, energy efficiency, and front door parking provide an “at home” feel for the five tenants.  Raised garden planters were used to grow tomatoes and cucumbers this summer. 

Pictured above are:

Ron Dorsman - Wesley United Methodist Church

Wayne Wagner - Housing Development Director, Affordable Housing Solutions

Dean Karsky - Councilman, City of Sioux Falls

Shireen Ranschau - Executive Director, Affordable Housing Solutions

Les Kinstad - Housing Manger, City of Sioux Falls Community Development

Rev. Ryan Otto - Acting Pastor, First Congregational Church

Kyle Raph - Coop Architecture