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DES MOINES, IA | Development Thread

Des Moines is the state capital and economic hub of Iowa. It has a metro population of 600,000 and a city population of 206,000. The metro has strong financial and biosciences industries that have propped up a very healthy economy, and have helped make the metro one of the fastest growing per capita in the Midwest.

I plan to gradually add information until the thread is current with all the projects that have been announced.





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Downtown New Construction

Downtown Core

Iowa Events Center Convention Hotel
17 story, 450 convention hotel



7th & Grand Redevelopment Site
New hotel, parking ramp, mixed-use residential and retail project





Walnut Street Streetscape
Overhaul of downtown's former prominent retail street





Wellmark YMCA
Renovation of former convention center for new downtown YMCA, major addition for new Olympic-sized pool.




Cowles Commons
Overhauled downtown civic square with interactive fountains and artwork





Court Avenue/South Downtown

4th & Court Avenue Development
New construction of 35,000 sq. ft. downtown grocery store, 60+ apartment units



Hampton Inn & Residence Inn Hotels
Two new hotels located on city's riverwalk



Cityville Apartments
New construction of 288 apartment units



Madison Flats
27 unit apartment building



Brownstones on 7th
34 new rowhome townhome units



Nexus Apartments
145 unit apartment complex with first floor retail



Brownstones on 5th
28 new rowhome townhomes



Holiday Inn Express
100 room limited service hotel




East Village Downtown Neighborhood

201 E. Locust Mixed-Use Project
134 room extended stay hotel, 124 apartments, 7,600 sq. ft. of retail





Marriott AC Hotel
100 room contemporary luxury hotel with rooftop lounge



350 E. Locust Street
21 apartment units, retail, office space



505 E. Grand Commercial Project
New retail and office space project



West End/Western Gateway

Ingersoll Square Phase III
44 apartment units with first floor commercial



Artisan Row Lofts
27 rowhome townhomes






...more to come soon
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What's going to happen to the spot where the Younkers building burnt to a crisp a month ago or so?

Is there a public skywalk system? I ask because you normally don't see a YMCA attached to one.
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Nice updates, and I'm looking forward to seeing more. I like Des Moines and spent a little time there when I lived in Minnesota.
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Downtown Renovations & Conversions

Downtown Core

Equitable Building Renovation
Conversion of Insurance office tower into 124 apartments with office and first floor retail





Des Moines Building Renovation
Renovation of historic highrise into 136 apartments with first floor commercial



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Fleming Building Conversion
Renovation and conversion of historic Daniel Burnham designed highrise for 96 apartment units.



Younkers Building Renovation
Conversion of former department store to 120 apartments, first and second floor commercial.





*An unfortunate update, this building was nearly destroyed by fire in March 2014 and will likely be partially demolished for a future project.





Des Moines Social Club
Conversion of former Central Fire Station to new entertainment, arts, and theater project with restaurant and coffee shop



Polk County Courthouse Improvements
Restoration of historic courthouse, renovation of vacant department store and former jailhouse to additional courthouse space








Court Avenue/South Downtown

Randolph Hotel
Renovation of former hotel into 55 apartment units with first floor retail





Ballyard Lofts
Conversion of warehouse building to 44 loft apartments



Rocket Transfer Lofts
Conversion of Rocket Transfer Warehouses to 141 apartments




East Village Downtown Neighborhood


East Village Tower
Renovation of former teacher's retirement home to 103 apartments.



Market One
Renovation of warehouse to sustainable office space





West End/Western Gateway

14Forty Lofts
Renovation of building for 37 apartments with 1st floor commercial




Locust Plaza
Renovation of buildings to high end tenant space







Crane Building Renovation
Conversion of vacant warehouse to 36 apartments for artisans

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What's going to happen to the spot where the Younkers building burnt to a crisp a month ago or so?

Is there a public skywalk system? I ask because you normally don't see a YMCA attached to one.
In my latest post above, I included some information about this building. The most damaged east building currently has "selective demolition" underway to remove the pieces that are highly unstable. The developer is attempting to save what he can, but my guess is that the entire east portion of the building will have to be torn down for a new project. The west portion of the building is structurally stable and renovation of this portion of the building will likely resume someday.
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The new 201 East Locust project is very cool. I have always loved DSM's row house projects, it seems like there are a half dozen in some stage of development perpetually in Des Moines.
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