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City Square Ground Breaking | Historic East Village

Announcing City Square

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City Square Ground Breaking

City Square block set to come out of the ground

Hansen Real Estate Services Inc. said it will break ground Oct. 14 on City Square, a hotel and apartment development that will occupy a city block in the East Village. The site address is 201 E. Locust St., the former location of a Jeep dealership and rental car operation.

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Scott Sanders named Des Moines city manager

Sept. 18, 2014

Engaging Des Moines neighborhoods and building a strong team of department heads are immediate priorities for Scott Sanders, who on Thursday was named the city's city manager. Council members said Sanders, a Des Moines city employee of 3 1/2years, showed exceptional abilities with city finances and in other areas, which is why he moved quickly through the ranks.

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East Village Project Approved

East Village hotel, apartment plan approved

Sep. 5, 2014

The Des Moines Plan and Zoning Commission approved site plans for a new hotel and apartment complex at 201 East Locust Street. View this story. The lot that once was home to a Jeep dealership, will become a six-story extended-stay hotel, with 137 guest rooms, and a seven-story apartment, with 124 units in a variety of price ranges.

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City staff recommended Eagle View Lofts as its top priority!!

City staff recommends 2 downtown apartment projects

August 22, 2014

Des Moines city officials have recommended two downtown area apartment developments to receive state funding, choosing them over three other projects that included YMCA supportive housing and senior apartments. The projects are: Eagle View Lofts, a six-story, 120-apartment project along the Des Moines River, and The Edge at Grays Landing, a 90-unit apartment complex at Southwest Ninth and Tuttle streets.

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This project is going to be a great opportunity for the city of Des Moines.

Development Up in Downtown Des Moines, but Retailers Not Biting Just Yet

Aug. 21, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa - Real estate professionals may tell you there are plenty of signs development for downtown Des Moines is on the rise, but that doesn't seem to change the fact that developers are still struggling to entice retailers to open up shop there.

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This is exactly the type of development East Village needs

Retailers hard to lure to downtown sites

August 21, 2014

The failure to land Starbucks as a tenant in the biggest East Village development in years illustrates the continuing struggle to lure retailers to the city's core, developers and city officials say. "It's always been a challenge when I'm working with retailers to get them to the East Village and downtown," said Tyler Dingel, a broker with CBRE/Hubbell Commercial.

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Maximizing the density of the entire block

Group drops support of East Village hotel project

August 20, 2014

The decision to cut street-level retail space from a $49 million East Village development has drawn opposition from neighborhood leaders and left city officials deadlocked about giving the project public subsidies. Hansen Real Estate Services wants to build a hotel, apartment and parking garage complex covering an entire city block at 201 E.

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Your Friday Five: Takeaways from the week in business

August 15, 2014

EMC Insurance Cos. will demolish three old buildings and replace them with a four-story office building at Eighth and Walnut streets, the company said. The EMC campus currently includes the EMC home office building at 717 Mulberry St., the 700 Walnut St.

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We are very happy to be working with Reynolds Urban Design on this new project.

Sometimes you see it; sometimes you don't

A sandy lot and a grove of trees bordered by a river levee might seem like a pleasant spot for a picnic and little else to many of us, but for the city of Des Moines, an eager developer and a creative urban designer, that piece of ground is so much more.

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