STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis Economic Development Corporation and the Augustana Research Institute held a public forum Monday afternoon to discuss the Housing Needs Study being done for Sturgis.
S.E.D.C. Executive Director Amanda Anglin says this is an opportunity for the public to offer their input and questions on the upcoming study.
The Augustana Research Institute (ARI) provides cross-sector measurement, analysis and knowledge management research for regional communities and organizations.
Dr. Suzanne Smith, the associate vice president for enterprise data analytics and Augustana Research Institute, leads an expert team of faculty researchers from across Augustana University’s social science, humanities and natural sciences divisions.
Anglin says the study is expected to be conducted over the next few months.
Dave Smith, Planning and Permitting Director for the City of Sturgis, says one topic discussed at the forum was the success of the new Habitat for Humanity homes being built in Sturgis. Speaking at a Habitat home dedication Monday, Smith said the homes are “beautiful and are being welcomed by those in the neighborhood.” He says they’re hoping to do more.
The last time a housing study was done in Sturgis was 2019. That study identified current housing availability as well as needs based on population.
Previous studies have shown that Sturgis has a significant housing need in all areas, including entry level owner occupied and rentals.
The Monday afternoon forum was held at the Sturgis Library Community Room.