SPEARFISH | Construction is well underway on a number of new commercial projects in Spearfish, including the first of a new multi-use development that will continue the transformation of the area along scenic Spearfish Creek.
One of the developers of The Village at Creekside, Rick Furnish of Landmark Realty of Spearfish, said he hopes to see crews begin pouring concrete yet this week for foundations and floors for The Granary District, a 7,500 square-foot complex of retail shops and restaurants.
Two already announced tenants, Sawyer Brewing Co. and Copper & Lace, could begin the finishing-out process for their spaces yet this summer, said Furnish, of The Granary LLC, of Spearfish.
Sawyer Brewing Co., Spearfish’s third micro-brewery, will feature local craft beer and Mediterranean wood-style pizza.
Copper & Lace will include specialty retail along with a bakery and coffee shop, Furnish said.
The two tenants will use roughly half of the total space in The Granary District.
Part of the new development will use the lone remaining structure from the property’s past iteration, a farmstead where animals used in The Black Hills Passion Play, a live portrayal of the last days of Jesus Christ, were pastured and cared for.
The Passion Play completed a 70-year run as a Spearfish attraction in 2008.
Furnish said when The Village at Creekside was announced last fall that he hoped to salvage as many of the former farmstead buildings as possible, but most had fallen into disrepair and couldn’t be saved.
A small wood-frame building, used to store grain, was able to be re-used.
“We’ve had quite a bit of interest in that little building,” Furnish said. “It’s really fun to take a little piece of that history and repurpose it on that lot.”
Also looking at the space are a winery, unique retail, a day spa, and a juice/wine bar. Second-floor space is available for office use, he said.
Furnish said a walking trail will be developed along the creek for use by tenants
“When we had an opportunity to obtain this property, we looked around, North Dakota Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota and there is nothing like this,” Furnish said.
“The closest thing we could find was Colorado, that has a creekside experience like this. We feel this is a pretty special and unique place that will draw people from a wide area,” he said.
Elsewhere in Spearfish, a May 23 groundbreaking kicked off construction of another new commercial development.
According to the Spearfish Economic Development Corp., the development, located on Colorado Boulevard, will be home to three new buildings, including 3,000 square-foot office building, a 7,000 square-foot body shop, and a 7,000-square-foot industrial shop rental building.
The body shop will be home to Jake’s Collision Repair, also the lead partner in the development.
“Jake’s Collision Repair will be a first-class state of the art facility with industry-leading tools and equipment,” said Jake’s owner Aaron Schoon, in the release.
Joining Jake’s in the new development will be Millenia Motors, The Detail Shop and a third as-yet-unnamed business.
The relocation will allow Millennia Motors to increase their inventory, and The Detail Shop to double their capacity. Also available are three 1,800 square-foot shop rentals that could also be combined into one large unit if desired.
“This is yet another exciting new development of our growing community,” said Kory Menken, SEDC executive director, in the release. “At nearly $52 million, the city of Spearfish hit a new record in building project valuations in 2017. It appears we are on track to potentially exceed that mark this year.”
All three buildings were designed by Legacy Custom Homes of Spearfish, also the general contractor and a business partner on the project.
Completion of the project is projected for late fall or early winter of this year.
Written by Jim Holland. Reprinted by permission of the Rapid City Journal