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Owners of former Runnings property want to sell it again

Byl said Summer View’s plans had fallen through, and the company has no plans to build at this point.

The former Runnings property on Humiston Avenue, shown Thursday, May 26, 2022, has been sold.
The former Runnings property on Humiston Avenue, shown Thursday, May 26, 2022, has been sold.
Kari Lucin / The Globe
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WORTHINGTON — The investment group that purchased the former Runnings property on Humiston Avenue is now looking for a new buyer, after the Worthington Planning Commission unanimously denied a request to subdivide the property last month.

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“We bought it for an investment,” said Henry Byl, one of the owners of Summer View Partners, out of Sioux Center, Iowa, which owns the property. “And we are looking to sell it again.”

Byl said Summer View’s plans had fallen through, and the company has no plans to build at this point. He added that anyone interested in purchasing the property could call NAI Sioux Falls — Summer View’s realtor.

NAI’s website shows the 4.1-acre lot for sale at $995,000.

Summer View bought the property at 1438 Humiston Ave. hoping to subdivide it into two pieces: the empty two acres at the north end, and the existing building that used to house Runnings.

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In order to subdivide the property, however, the company had to first address the parking issue, as the city code requires that retail stores have 1 off-street parking stall per 200 square feet of floor area. Because the former Runnings building has about 30,000 square feet of floor space, that means it needs 150 parking stalls.

The proposed subdivision of the property would have left the Runnings building property with just 34 stalls, and the request to the Planning Commission was that the requirement be changed to only 28 stalls so that the parking lot could be potentially reconfigured in the future.

While the parking requirement variance was denied, it wasn’t the only potential issue with the subdivision, explained Matt Selof, community development/city planner, as the city also has a rule regarding the ratio of floor to total property area.

Selof said the ratio requirement could potentially be eliminated city-wide in the future, “as it’s a very outdated requirement,” but it has not yet been brought to the Worthington City Council.

A 1999 graduate of Jackson County Central and a 2003 graduate of Augsburg College, Kari Lucin started writing for newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota in 2006. During her time as a reporter, she covered beats including education, watershed, county and agriculture, and frequently wrote about health and science. She has also served as an online content coordinator and an engagement specialist at various Forum Communications properties. She was a marketing assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville for two years, where she did design work in addition to writing and social media management.

Lucin is currently a community editor with the Globe of Worthington.

Email: klucin@dglobe.com
Phone: (507) 376-7319
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