Mitchell Planning Commission approves plat to make way for townhome

The 10-unit townhome would be built on the northwest side of Mitchell, near North Ohlman Street

Shown here is the area near the proposed townhome that a local construction company is seeking to build. (Sam Fosness / Republic)

A 10-unit townhome could soon welcome the northwest side of Mitchell after the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the platting of the lot for the plan at Monday’s meeting.

The townhome is proposed to be constructed along West 21st Avenue, near North Ohlman and Quail streets on the northwest side of the city. Jensen Design Build is the local construction company that’s seeking to build the townhome complex.

“What we’re looking at doing is putting up a 10-unit townhome that will be for rent," said Jeremy Jensen, owner of Jensen Design Build, during Monday’s Planning Commission meeting.

As part of the plan, Jensen said he will be purchasing the lot where the 10-unit townhome will be built. The surrounding area has been welcoming new homes and townhome complexes over the past several years.

“Everything on 21st Avenue, we are trying to keep as rental units,” Jensen said.


For the townhome to be constructed, City Building Inspector John Hegg said there must be a fire separation barrier in between the townhome as part of the state’s fire codes. That would mean the fire separation has to be placed in between the fifth and sixth units to split them in half.

However, Jensen said he plans to build each unit in the townhome with its own fire separation.

“We’ll do a two-hour fire code in each individual unit just in case some would sell off as condos in 10 to 12 years,” Jensen said.

The Mitchell City Council will decide on the plat for the townhome project at its March 29 meeting.

Cold storage addition gets approval

Dale’s A-1 Transmission Service received the Planning Commission’s approval to build a 100-by-24 foot cold storage unit along the north side of the automotive mechanic shop on Burr Street.

While the storage unit request was unanimously approved, it was revealed that Dale’s A-1 Transmission’s sign in front of the 1100 S. Burr St. shop could be blocking a portion of the right-of-way street on East Ivy Avenue, north of the shop.

City Engineer Joe Schroeder said the sign is “possibly in the right-of-way” of East Ivy Avenue, which will be reviewed by the city.

“If so, we will put together a waiver for all parties to sign,” Schroeder said.


Daren Long, of Dale’s A-1 Transmission, asked if all the other business signs along a portion of Burr Street face the same type of issue.

In response, Schroeder said the city will be reviewing the sign placement along a portion of the Burr Street corridor in the near future.

“We need to do some reviewing on that corridor as far as how everything relates. But when something comes forward, we review it and try to clean it up,” Schroeder said.

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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