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The historic Midland Building has been purchased by a developer specializing in historic preservation, with a high likelihood that at least a portion of the building gets converted to residential.
I wonder when they did that to the windows. It's an interesting combo, although I'm not sure how pleasant it is on the inside.
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New 160,000 sq ft, $92 million plus corporate headquarters proposed for the Western Gateway neighborhood. The Kum and Go Convenience store chain is moving their offices from the western suburbs to downtown to a building that will house 300+ employees and include underground parking and a usable green rooftop.

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This one is currently under construction, the site is currently a huge hole in the ground. Rock has been placed, drilling will be starting next week with rebar in a few weeks.
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Some Des Moines updates.

Riverfront YMCA site redevelopment:


Iowa Events Center Convention Hotel:






Polk County Courthouse Renovations: This building will be renovated to what the renderings look like below.
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Proposed:




Courthouse Annex progress:


The Equitable Building Renovation is well underway.


Rooftop patio


Vue Apartments:




Capitol 401 Lofts:


Wilkins Building Renovation:


219 E. Grand




Jackson Crossing:


1417 Walnut Renovation:


Iowa Historical Building Renovation:
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Marriott AC Hotel:


Krause Gateway Center:




Cowles Commons Outdoor Plaza:






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impressive range of projects for a city that size!
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Plans for new high-rise building in downtown Des Moines move forward

http://www.thefifthdsm.com/

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The Des Moines City Council approved a preliminary development agreement Monday that moves along plans to build a new high-rise tower downtown.

The 32-story mixed-use building at 5th and Walnut known as "The Fifth" is being developed by West Des Moines developer Mandelbaum Properties and is estimated to cost $107 million.

The Fifth will feature 200 luxury condominium units, an upscale movie theater, indoor climbing facility, jazz club, daycare, and 20,000 square-feet of office space. The project will also include 568 parking stalls with a portion available for public use.

According to the developer, Justin Mandelbaum, construction of The Fifth will mark the first substantial change to the Des Moines skyline since the EMC tower was built in 1997.

The Fifth is expected to be completed sometime in 2019.
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Old Posted May 25, 2016, 3:44 AM
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A new proposal for a 29 story condo, apartment and hotel project on the site of the ruins of downtown's most famed department store that tragically burned in 2014 made the news today. This project is intended to start this fall.

And it joins current proposals for a 32 story, 15 story, and 13+ story buildings previously proposed around downtown. Nothing over 12 stories has been built since 2007 and nothing over 300 feet has been built since 1997 in this fine midwest burg, so we're overdue!

29-story tower being planned for the Younkers site
http://http://www.desmoinesregister....site/84866192/

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And news last week that 1,000+ new jobs are on the way downtown with a company called Cognizant, which is a technology/tech support firm.

Tech firm to bring 1,000 jobs to Des Moines
http://http://www.desmoinesregister....n-dm/84594612/
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Here are a few early snap shots of the new 29 story tower.





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More renderings. Looks like it will be clad in a reflective material that will make the building look different at different times of the day.





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The Fifth is slowly making its way through the various approval cycles. Fingers crossed on this! Here's a new 3-d perspective.



And better renderings of another project well under construction, called Bici Flats.




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Des Moines is producing some very high quality projects!! Very nice!
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I've always thought that Des Moines' skyline was one of the most attractive and balanced for a city its size. Nice to see all the new stuff going on.
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New infill project on a slender, remnant property downtown called Carbon 550.





And an update of another 6-story project called 219 E. Grand Avenue underway


And the Griffin Building was recently purchased and will finally be converted to residential with first floor retail space.


And in the suburb of Windsor Heights, a new 5-story mixed use building is helping to densify their main corridor.


No renderings to post yet, but this massing diagram was released today. It's a 12-story apartment, office and retail building that is going next to a Mies Van Der Rohe designed building in the core of downtown Des Moines. The developer is actually working with Mies Van Der Rohe's grandson, who is also a pretty famous Chicago architect to boot, as a consulting architect on the project.

This is a $66 million project that will introduce a very high end residential product into downtown.





This is going on a portion of the site for this 19 story tower that was previously proposed, and unfortunately died a painful death last year.





Eagle View Towhomes- 23 urban townhomes




Market District Office- 47,000 sq. ft. office on the fringe of downtown




And in the suburbs--

New apartments in the West Glen Town Center development.




And construction progress is finally happening on a new outlet mall in the suburb of Altoona. Aside from the outlet mall, a entirely new town center area is expected to be built.







And the new roller coaster at the Adventureland theme park is up and running.


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Some construction updates on projects underway throughout downtown/near downtown.


City Square:







Polk County Courthouse Annex




Fourth + Court (Hy-Vee Downtown Grocery Store)





And an update of another 6-story project called 219 E. Grand Avenue underway


219 E. Grand


Marriott AC




Dwell Apartments


EMC Insurance Annex


Convention Hotel


Edge Apartments


And the conversion of the Hotel Randolph is all complete now.




5Fifty5




Verve Apartments, Bridge District


Jackson Crossing




Walnut Street Streetscape project


Lastly, the Renaissance Savery Hotel is closing soon for a complete $8 renovation. The owner has mentioned the construction of a new hotel that would be built on the site of a small annex next to this building, something to keep an eye on.
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A few new projects:

Preliminary renderings of the 12-story "Miesblock" (formerly 7th and Grand development) project were released today. This is a 12 story mixed use building that is made to architecturally compliment the little black Mies Van Der Rohe-designed building that is in the foreground of the first rendering. Mies' grandson and prominent Chicago architect Dirk Lohan is helping out with architectural consulting on this one too.








This project is called the Velocity Apartments in a new downtown neighborhood called The Bridge District.



Development Concept


And this will accompany these projects already underway in the district.







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And in West Des Moines, the big news this week was the city landing another Microsoft Data Center, which is the company's 3rd facility in this city. Microsoft joins Facebook and Google, who also have significant data center operations in Iowa. At final build out, this facility is projected to be one of the largest such facilities in the country, and could cost over $2 billion to construct.



Even more important is that the additional property tax revenue generated from the facility will allow the city to open up 5,000 acres for new development by installing utilities, a major new parkway and bridge over the Raccoon River.
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Great news. Once again I just want to say I appreciate seeing these updates even though I don't live in DM. Always good to see a smaller US city really increase its profile.
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What an exciting place to live. Des Moines is booming! Thanks for all the updates.
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What an exciting place to live. Des Moines is booming! Thanks for all the updates.
Things are going pretty well here. Des Moines is adding about 100k to the metro every decade. For the big cities out there, that's probably not too impressive, but consider that DSM currently has only 620,000 people in a rural state of only 3.1 million.


It's early, but here is a black and white look at the elevations of a new 11-story, $500 million expansion to Mercy Hospital in Downtown Des Moines.



http://www.desmoinesregister.com/sto...ower/88585866/

Also, a slow conversion of this mangy warehouse to creative office space is in the works.

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Here's a couple of new apartment projects happening just outside of downtown.





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That's insane, 100k each decade?! Growing up in Iowa I never thought of Des Moines as a hot spot, I guess a lot has changed in the ten years since.
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An update on an $85 million, 26 story apartment tower that's working its way through the approval processes and slated to start late this year.

check out that pool on the 25th floor!

















And this 12-story project called Miesblock is set to start later this month.



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A few new projects in downtown:
14Walnut


Lyon Flats


A few updates from the East Village neighborhood.

City Square






Marriott AC


219 E. Grand


Eagle View Lofts


Bridge District
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