This is a paid piece from the Sioux Metro Growth Alliance.

Simplified: A new mixed-use development is coming to downtown Hartford. Here's a look at what's to come, including a new community gathering space.

Why it matters

  • Hartford's downtown area has seen renewed energy in recent years with new businesses and events. This new development on the south side of downtown will further that progress and bring even more opportunity to the area.
  • Two local couples – Stacey and Don Sieverding, and Joel and Michele Boy – teamed up to purchase two parcels of land where they plan to build two mixed-use properties including residential lofts, retail space and additional green space to downtown Hartford.
  • The new development will also bring a community gathering space where residents can host events – something that's been on the city's wish list since the creation of its community development plan, Economic Development Director Amy M. Farr said.
"We want to be a part of revitalizing downtown, bringing business back downtown and making it a place to live, work, spend time and play," Stacey Sieverding said.

Tell me more about the new development

The first phase of the project is a $2 million, 6,000-square foot building called The Depot on Main.

  • This building will be located on the west side of Main Avenue near the intersection of First Street.
  • It'll be a mix of retail and offices with lofts upstairs and a community event space on the lower level, Sieverding said.
"We would love to find a cafe to operate out of that first building," she added. "Both the Hartford Area Development Foundation and the Sioux Metro Growth Alliance have been giving us leads on businesses that are looking for space."

The second phase is another mixed-use building across the street on the east side of Main Avenue.

"This development will help continue to bring people to downtown and continue to help our downtown thrive," Farr said.

What happens next?

The hope is to open The Depot by the fall of 2024, Sieverding said.