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Old Posted May 4, 2018, 1:05 AM
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A highrise proposal called The Fifth was upsized to 39 stories tall, 452', which would be the 3rd tallest building in Iowa if built. The proposal includes 201 apartments, a 117 room hotel, office space, a 694 stall parking ramp and a 9 screen movie theater.

Gorgeous!










Demo of the existing parking garage has started.






And not to be outdone, the developer of the 33 story "The Blackbird" tower has announced a December groundbreaking.







ūüėÉ " LOVE THAT DENSITY! " One great thing about compact downtowns is the instant ability for one or more sizable structures to create physical and visible density.
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Old Posted May 9, 2018, 3:12 AM
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Encouraging news on the DSM highrise front (which is seemingly taking forever), the 39 story 'The Fifth' project is increasing to 40 floors, and has signed on 21c Museum Hotels as the hotel anchor. They will now occupy 12 floors in the building with 131 rooms and a 7,000 sq. ft. art exhibit space. Construction is supposed to commence on phase I this summer, with additional phases starting in 2019 for entire project completion in 2021. An 8-screen dine-in movie theater with reclining seats is expected to be the last phase of the project.



https://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/desmoines/
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All of the approvals are now in place for phase I of the Gray's Station development to begin. This 75-acre development sits on the fringe of downtown on a reclaimed industrial brownfields site. Phase I will include 200 multi-family units and 89 townhomes. Additional phases will be built that could someday contain up to 1,100 to 1,400 dwelling units.

Some of the larger units are proposed to have their own elevators in the units and will approach the $1 million dollar mark.

Phase I

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Plan at full buildout:
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love the pool on the blackbird...
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The renderings for the long-maligned new $137 million federal courthouse finally came out today. While not a travesty, many locals can't help but feel quite underwhelmed by this building that is of a safer, more conservative design than what was previously hoped for.

Making matters worse, the US Government bought the prime A+ downtown riverfront redevelopment site to forever make tax exempt.













On the bright side, this old beauty will likely be turned over to the City for a hopeful repurposing into a private development.

[img]Federal Courthouse (Des Moines, Iowa) by courthouselover, on Flickr
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Work is continuing on a $35 million project in the East Village neighborhood to construct a 105 unit apartment building with 2nd-floor office space and first-floor commercial space. A separate 399 stall parking deck has already been constructed in the phased development known as 418 E. Grand.













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The historic 134-year-old Griffin Building sits square in the middle of the central business district and had slowly fallen into disrepair, despite some small levels of office occupancy remaining. The building has an interesting history in Iowa's Civil Rights movement, with a lady named Edna Griffin holding a sit-in protest of the former Katz Drug Store's lunch counter in 1948, since they refused her service because she was black. She later sued the owner and was successful in the Supreme Court of Iowa, paving the way for desegregation in Iowa.

This building had thwarted at least 2-3 other attempts by developers to convert the building to housing, as its smaller size and lack of dedicated parking made it tough to compete with larger office building conversions that had pre-existing parking leases to utilize.

A local developer finally stepped up to the plate to secure historic tax credits and other layers in the financing stack to finally make this conversion project a reality. This building will now have around 40 dwelling units, some of which will be affordable, 2nd-floor office space, and first-floor commercial space. There is a proposal by the Kum and Go Convenience Store chain (based in DSM) to take the entirey of the first-floor commercial space to build their first urban c-story with no fuel sales.

Here is a rendering, which shows the restoration of the historic cornice work. This had been removed and painted with a faux cornice. There were also EIFS elements added to the ground floor that were obviously not historic to the building and have since been removed.



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Recent project updates, prepping the roofline for the cornice installation.


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A duo of historic beauties well under renovation in Downtown:

Midland Building- converted to 138 room boutique hotel by Chicago's Aparium Group. Will be one of DSM's nicest hotels when completed.




The grand Hotel Fort Des Moines is undergoing a $50 million renovation to bring it back to its original glory. This 285 room hotel should be largely completed by the end of the year.






And one new project that will convert the historic Argonne Apartments building from transitional apartments to 45 market-rate studio and one-bedrooms. Should hopefully start this fall.
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Great photos man. Love all the old building stock.

Especially the Griffin building project. That's great to see.
Too often, old gems like that are just torn down.
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Nice updates!! Des Moines is really coming along!!
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