|Q: What projects are you working on now in Akron?
A: A new lift station was completed a couple of years ago. A new electric substation is currently in progress, a new aquatic center to be finished in 2020, if funding available, expansion of Industrial Area as well as new housing options, plus revitalization of our business district.
There are new owners of the former bar, Bowling Alley, Akron Lumber, Pizza Ranch, and a new kayak business, Big Sioux Adventure. Several businesses are remodeling their establishments, including the bar, bowling alley, lumber yard, Nathan’s Brokerage. We are now eager to tear down the old auto parts store, as soon as weather permits and an adjoining business is interested in expanding to that location. A new Casey’s store opened in March with future expansion planned in their old location.
The Akron-Westfield Community school is currently dealing on the sale of some of their property for a Dollar General store.
We also have businesses not common in small communities, such as Click n Pick, Gold and Silver (selling guns, coins, antiques, and much more), a winery, implement dealer, tire shop, auto parts store, and Chubs Country Store. Central Valley Ag has also expanded their business substantially since coming to town. Mike Caskey recently purchased a portion of the old state buildings and moved one of the buildings and made a great storage location for his gas carrier trucks.
Located in the South Street Plaza we have one local artist who has her artwork for sale, as well as art classes, plus game instructions, a massage therapy location, a waxing business. One individual does furniture refinishing and antique business, as well as clothing alterations. We are hoping in the future to welcome new businesses in the upper level of that facility, which previously was the Akron Care Center. The “Old Geezers” coffee shop and workshop are also located in the lower level. The “Old Geezers” are willing to train individuals on the use of their equipment or complete repair projects.
We have four local realtors in Akron, who have all been successful in selling many homes within two days the property is listed.