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Just thought I'd add this thread for Des Moines metro developments. As time allows, I'll try to add things to this thread. Please, add if you have anything. For now, I just wanted to create the thread to get it started. I currently reside in Ames, having moved here from Louisiana last year, and am moving to the Des Moines area within the next year.

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The Surety Hotel project is a $40 million conversion of a classic office tower that was seeing its vacancy slide.  The Aparium Group from Chicago is renvoting this building into a 138 room boutique ho

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I'll start trying to gradually fill this in.  

Will start with the Bridge District, a master planned downtown residential community on reclaimed industrial land.  Unfortunately, there are still a few warehouse holdouts. This development is being built in phases and will add about 500 new dwelling units to the East Village Neighborhood of DT.  There are a few apartment projects that've been built, one on the way, and plenty of rowhomes that are selling for $425k and up.

The plan for the area

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Level Apartments have just broken ground and will complete the multi-family projects in this development.

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Velocity and Verve Apartments have already been built

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Rowhomes and former train trestle repurposed to art

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The district coming together from afar

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The Surety Hotel project is a $40 million conversion of a classic office tower that was seeing its vacancy slide.  The Aparium Group from Chicago is renvoting this building into a 138 room boutique hotel that will probably be one of the nicest hotels in the metro.  There will also be a lounge and a restaurant space called the Mulberry Street Tavern.  Completion is expected for this fall.

Here's a before photo showing the windows that were partially enclosed.  The new renovation has restored the original size to the window openings.  

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Renderings of the hotel

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Current exterior progress

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DMRyan, thanks for posting this stuff! I love Des Moines and seeing new things being built, especially in the downtown area. But the repurposing of older buildings gets an A+ from me, as I hate to see old buildings crumble as I saw so often back in my hometown!

Is the Bridge District the area of the East Village by the pagoda on the riverfront? I love that area.

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The District at 6th project is just wrapping up construction in the burgeoning Market District area on the fringe of downtown.  This project has 213 dwelling units and some first floor commercial space.  The project is entirely parked underground, and features a pedestrian plaza street that is open to the public to enjoy.

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Another new apartment project was constructed next door and opened up last fall, called the Rowat Lofts.  The silver crane derrick you see in the center courtyard was repurposed from the old cut stone business that used to be on the site, which was a nice way to pay homage to the industrial character of the neighborhood.

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Pedestrian Street concept

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Another smaller 58 unit apartment project is also under constructon just to the south of the buildings shown above.  This project is called The Connolly Lofts

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I know this is an urban forum, but I wanted to point out that the northwestern suburb of Grimes is really starting to build up. They are building a new Hy-Vee store off 141 at 1st Street with a lot of development around it. A new Arby's, a new Culver's, what appears to be a shopping strip, and a Dupaco all on the west side of 141. This is all part of a very large development which will also include a regional/national sports complex. I think I heard of more housing going in that area as well? As if Grimes is short on housing, because it seems like every area of Grimes has new home construction going on.

On the east side of 141 there is a new Starbucks going up in front of Menards and O'Reilly Auto Parts just opened right across the street. 

The area just south of the Amazon shipping hub is growing again, with more large warehouse/office space being built in that commerce park near Daimler. 

I also see another large warehouse being built just north of the new Urban Loop flyover.

Across from the QT at 141 and 37th St, they are planning a new Hy-Vee Express, which will include a coffee shop as well. It won't be a Starbucks, though, since they're currently building the Starbucks to the north that I previously mentioned.

Grimes definitely seems like a place to watch as far as suburban development is concerned.

On the subject of suburban development, I'm wondering what will become of the Altoona-Bondurant corridor on the northeast side of the metro now that Amazon's new facilities are open in that area. With Facebook being right around the corner from there, I could easily see more growth occurring in that corridor.

 

Pictured: Grimes downtown water towers

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Warehouse which now houses the Amazon delivery center

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It's quite a shame this project got all screwed up. This would have been an excellent addition to downtown Des Moines. A tall condo/hotel tower, an Alamo Drafthouse and a tall parking garage. The only thing that ever got built was the parking garage, and when the developer defaulted on their loan, the city seized the project.

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Ugh, thanks for the reminder of what could've been.  Will be a long time before we see another 40-story building proposal in a city this size again.

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