Happenings

“We’re trying to create a core where we can get a good group of retail, restaurants built around a community space, and provide a level of activity and businesses that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to provide.”

Ambitious town center project planned for Johnston

About 20 years ago, investment by owners in properties located along Merle Hay Road north of Northwest 62nd Avenue had come to a standstill.

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“It gives us a place in the community for us to gather and to hang out. The city has really been lacking for a place for us all to go,” Troy Hansen, Owner of Hansen Real Estate Services said.

Johnston Finding its 'Identity' with New Town Center

Sep. 4, 2019

JOHNSTON, Iowa -- The city of Johnston is finally ready to break ground on a project years in the making. Since 2006, the city has talked about creating a place where residents could gather, a central meeting point of sorts, and finally the plans are complete.

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Construction will continue for the project through fall 2020 with a new City Hall and some commercial buildings opening shortly after, according to Adam Plagge, Johnston’s economic development manager.

Johnston Town Center project that includes new City Hall to break ground in September

The long-awaited Johnston Town Center project aims to break ground in late September. The 1-acre space on the east side of Merle Hay Road between NW 62nd Avenue and NW 63rd Place is expected to serve as a future gathering place for the community's residents.

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“We tried to incorporate the living spaces to be as open as we could with that industrial look and feel,” developer Troy Hansen said.

Get a bird's-eye view at Eagle View Lofts

Oct. 18, 2017

Eagle View Lofts are about ready to open downtown. Located at Southeast 6th and Shaw streets near the Des Moines River, Eagle View Lofts is the market district's first major residential development. Hansen Companies built the six-story tower and nearby block of townhouses.

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Hansen Real Estate is excited about this new project which will provide more housing in a location downtown Des Moines that blends great views and city access with a backdoor to some of natures finest scenery.

A new addition is headed to the Des Moines River

Feb. 23, 2016

Video Transcript EAGLEVIEW LOCKS A RARE APARTMENT , COMPLEX PROPOSED TO HAVE ONE DES MOINES. IT'S BEEN MORE THAN A YEAR SINCE PLANS TO TURN THIS RIVERFRONT PARCEL INTO THE EAGLE VIEW BACK IN 2014, DEVELOPER TROY HANSEN UNVEILED THE PROJECT WITH THE OBVIOUS NAME. >> IT'S CALLED EAGLE VIEW LOFTS.

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Eagle View Lofts get second chance

Plans to build Eagle View Lofts, a 120-unit apartment complex on the east bank of the Des Moines River, are back on track thanks to a surprise allocation of state money. The $16 million project narrowly missed the cut in January for a community development block grant.

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Our community and trails need to see this bridge repaired and open. Contact us if you’re interested in learning how to help.

Old Bridge Gets (Another) New Lease On Life

Apr. 10, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa - It's a rusty, empty, crying shame. Connected to bike trails on both ends and close to new residential developments, it could serve a real purpose. "It's something that when I was closed it was something that was dearly missed by the community," says Loyd Ogle, a member of Des Moines' Parks and Recreation board.

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Looking forward to the increased density and traffic City Square Lofts will bring to East Village and Downtown Des Moines.

Former East Village eyesore sees new life

Mar. 27, 2015

THERE ARE SOME EXCITING NEW PROJECTS POPPING UP ALL OVER DES MOINES' EAST VILLAGE. AS KCCI'S RYAN SMITH SHOWS US, SOME FORMER EYESORES ARE NOW MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SITES.

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Downtown Des Moines Market Rate Development – Eagle View Lofts

Des Moines development projects win approval for state tax credits

The Iowa Economic Development Authority has approved $6.5 million in requests under the state's new workforce housing tax credit program for 10 development projects in Des Moines. For at least one of those projects, approval is a mixed blessing.

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Many people have worked really hard to make City Square possible.  Thank You!

Work begins on $49 million East Village development

The East Village's biggest real estate development in years is underway and has a new name: City Square. The $49 million hotel, apartment and parking garage development will cover an entire block between East Locust and East Walnut streets and between East Second and East Third streets.

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