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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.

Mods, can you please make this thread a sticky?





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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



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



Photo courtesy of DM Register


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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I didn't know there was so much going on in Des Moines. I've visited a couple times and there is definitely a good foundation downtown for it to become a vibrant urban area. I loved the river, the many bridges across it, and the gigantic Saturday Farmers Market. Looking forward to all the construction posts!
 
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It's great that all those older historical buildings are being saved, renovated and converted to residential (too bad about that fire, seems to have destroyed the best part of that project). This should also tighten up the office market thus possibly bringing in a new project or two.
 
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It would be wonderful to have an update on development in Des Moines. DMRyan did an excellent job informing us on so many projects. Lets try to get some more conversation about Des Moines. We need some locals help with that, your perspective it vital to the conversation.
 

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AIB College of Business will become the University of Iowa-Des Moines in 2016:
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/st...llege-business-join-university-iowa/22358691/

This is a huge, huge win for Des Moines imo. AIB is in a sweet little location ripe for development, right on the south side of Water Works Park and Grays Lake Park, which are adjacent to downtown. Could be a catalyst for a bunch of student-oriented development on the south side of downtown and on the Fleur Dr corridor a few years from now if all goes well.

This will also give Des Moines four major higher education institutions within two miles of downtown (Iowa, Drake, Grand View, and DMU) with a total student population of 10k.
 

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Plenty has happened since the year and change since I last posted this thread. Sorry for the delay, but below are newly announced projects since the last update.

Downtown Residential/Mixed-Use New Construction

7th and Grand Mixed Use
New developer on board, project now estimated to be between 15-20 stories. 185 apartments, first floor retail.


Eagle View Lofts
120 apartment units




Dwell Apartments
62 apartment units.




The Bridge District Phase I
New urban district. First phase has 123 apartments, 44 rowhomes.




Bici Flats
154 apartment units.


The Edge Apartments
90 apartment units





5Fifty5 Lofts
47 rowhomes




Hy-Vee on Court
This was mentioned before, but underwent a pretty significant design change. New downtown grocery store and 81 apartments.




Downtown Residential/Mixed-Use- Rehab

Clemons Building
Conversion of office building to 44 apartments, ground floor commercial.


Des Moines Register & Tribune
Conversion of former DM Register office building to 164 apartments ground floor commercial.


Harbach Lofts
Conversion of Warehouses to 111 apartments




Station 121
Conversion of warehouse to 30 apartment units.


Elsie Mason Apartments
Renovation to existing senior apartment tower.


Downtown Commercial

Principal Financial Group
$300 million renovation to downtown campus






EMC Insurance Support Center
$25 million annex to existing insurance company offices.




American Republic Insurance
$30 million renovation of insurance offices.




300MLK
Conversion of vacant brewery complex to entertainment destination.




Financial Center Renovation
1970's office building getting renovated, new nighttime lighting scheme.




Gray's Landing Office Building
New construction of 3-story spec office space.


Hotel Fort Des Moines Renovation
$40 million+ renovation of Hotel Fort Des Moines to dual-branded hotel concept.


Civic & Government Projects

Des Moines Arts
Conversion of vacant office building to arts incubator.


Polk County Courthouse
Project mentioned in 2014 update thread, but buildings have a new appearance.




Des Moines Botanical Center Renovation
$14 million overhaul to botanical gardens.


 

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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.

Building designed by Renzo Piano Workshop







 

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There are plans for a bus rapid transit loop, but about $15 million in additional funding is needed to make this happen. Local business/government leaders are still working on putting up a solid local match in the hopes of receiving future federal funding for the remaining amount.
 

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Showing a few of the more notable suburban projects:

Kettlestone, Waukee, IA:
1500 acre master planned development along new I-80 interstate interchange.
http://www.kettlestonewaukee.com/














Prairie Trail, Ankeny, IA
1,100 acre master planned community












The Shoppes at Prairie Crossing, Altoona, IA
New outlet mall and commercial/entertainment development

http://theshoppesatprairiecrossing.com/







 

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With this proposal, there are now plans for a 32 story building, a 19 story building, an 11-14 story convention hotel, and there are two key sites that have been rumored to be at least mid-rise towers, but no official proposals have been released yet. The last real highrise over 20 stories built in DSM was in 1997, so the city is really due for something taller to get built.



And on the heels of this announcement, another 211 apartment unit project was announced for downtown today, but easily overshadowed by the high rise proposal.





 

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There are plans for a bus rapid transit loop, but about $15 million in additional funding is needed to make this happen. Local business/government leaders are still working on putting up a solid local match in the hopes of receiving future federal funding for the remaining amount.
How long will the line be?
 

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Hot damn. DSM is the biggest little city in the USA. I can't believe all this is happening in a metro of 570,000.

What is driving the boom? What I've seen in this thread is really incredible. What's Des Moines' main industry?
 

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Des Moines is a hub of finance and insurance businesses (3rd highest number of insurance companies based here after NYC and Hartford, CT), but also has a pretty healthy biotech scene going too. Many of the metros not rooted in industrial manufacturing in this part of the country have fared well through the recession and have hit the ground running when things recovered (Omaha, DSM, Iowa City, Lincoln, Sioux Falls all booming right now).

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The BRT line proposed here is a 9 mile loop that connects the transit station downtown to one of the more densely populated corridors, two major hospitals and the largest university in the city (Drake University).

Here's a map to the proposed loop.
https://sites.google.com/site/wavel...ts/rideroute60forfreethemonthofapril/60_M.jpg
 

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A few recent updates for Des Moines:

The 7th and Grand Parking Garage renderings have been released, and the building (including parking garage) is proposed to have 18 stories, 12 stories of apartments, 6 floors of garage, with street level and skywalk level retail space included. Hot stuff!!








New proposal just south of the AAA ballpark in downtown called Dunham Square. This is a 182 unit apartment project spread among 3 buildings, with plans for an additional mixed use building to be added with a later phase.






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.
 
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