Black Hills FOX Business: Spearfish development on the rise in 2018

SPEARFISH, S.D. (KEVN) - It is a small town with a lot to do and the city of Spearfish is only getting better in 2018.

The town of 15,000 people is a hub for several new projects this season. The town will soon become home to three craft breweries adding Sawyer Brewing to its list. Spearfish will also see a brand new climbing wall and is set to debut its new Expedition Woodbat Baseball League. The Spearfish Economic Development Corporation says that it is important to foster businesses both old and new as they both ensure a solid future for the community.

"The Granary Project at The Village at Creekside has broken ground and they're going to start with their construction um Lookout Mountain Plaza is another new development at Exit 14. They're turning dirt event as we speak for their new building so there's just alot of development. Spearfish continues to grow and I think this is going to be a fun exciting summer for us," says Kory Menken, executive director of the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation.

Menken says by working with their partners, Spearfish has made strides in workforce development as well. He says the area is fortunate to be home to Black Hills State University, reeling in students and giving them the opportunity to stay in town during the summer to work and enjoy the many attractions that Spearfish has to offer.

More for Spearfish, soon the town will be home to a couple of new developments.

One is the Granary district, that is expected to be more of a dining and shopping development. The land is unique, a former Passion Play farmstead that developers are keeping in mind. The area is located at the Village at Creekside incorporating the recreational path and Spearfish Creek.

The Granary will be home to Sawyer Brewing that'll make woodfire pizzas, Copper and Lace clothing boutique, as well as many other professional offices. The district's first phase will consist of three multi-unit structures with roughly 3500 square feet available for lease.
Menken says the evolution is all about keeping people engaged and fulfilled.

"Quality of life is such a huge component of business retention and business recruitment but also of workforce retention and workforce recruitment. We want people to be able to live and work in Spearfish and really enjoy being up here," Menken said.

The Granary is expected to be completed Summer 2018 and businesses are anticipating opening late summer, early fall.