Would you like a picture of Sioux Falls’s march toward becoming Sanford Falls? Check out this map from KELO-TV, which shows Sanford Health’s property acquisitions to the east of its current campus:
If you look at this map from South Menlo Avenue to Minnesota, between 18th Street and 22nd, very few of the homes are individually owned anymore. Sanford Health has purchased more than 100 properties, both residential and commercial, under three different corporate limited liability company names. Sanford says it made its purchases that way over the last decade, so that property owners wouldn’t inflate their prices, knowing that the hospital wanted all of the land [Angela Kennecke, “The Gateway to Sanford Health,” KELOLand.com, 2015.05.07].
The purchases are part of a 25-year expansion plan to, as Sanford president Paul Hanson says, make the hospital complex visible on Minnesota Avenue, a straight shot from the airport.
That’s an awful lot of hospital… but with an again baby boomer population, we’re going to have an awful lot of people heading to the hospital for heart attacks and hip replacements.