The decision followed a July 27 City Council meeting in which city leaders, who had been asked to vacate an alley through the property, instead referred the matter back to City Manager Rick Clark so he could "report the historical information about this property."
the failure of this development to move forward in no way diminishes the desirability or development potential of this site."
Mastermind wrote:Isn't this prime waterfront development? Let the 2 story fall for sure. I don't know abou tthe taller building.
urbanlawyer wrote:Allow me to offer another perspective. One of the things that differentiates Des Moines from the suburbs is its stock of old buildings. I'm not going to say that all old buildings should be saved, but it seems to be that this area could provide a logical extension of Court Ave. to the ballpark: Little Wrigleyville. The two buildings pictured are perfect for some type of creative entertainment or restaurant use. They are near Sec Taylor and adjacent to El Bait Shop/High Life. I'm all in favor of additional hotel/motel space, but the idea of a mid-range hotel/motel on the site doesn't excite me. By demolishing the structures we would be taking what I consider to be our competitive advantage -- unique older building stock -- and replacing them with a structure that can be found in Anytown, USA. We need to aim higher.
Second chance for a riverfront hotelBY TODD RAZOR
Hawkeye Hotels Inc. has picked up where a Michigan-based developer left off and plans to construct a 128-room Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton on the west bank of the Des Moines River.
Operating as Waterfront Lodging Inc., Burlington-based Hawkeye Hotels said it has a purchase agreement with Riverfront Associates LP, an ownership group managed by Frank Levy of Newbury Management Co., to acquire three parcels at 101 and 121 S.W. Second St. and 114 Water St.
Hundreds of new hotel rooms are being planned in Greater Des Moines as the economy recovers and developers work to acquire commercial land on which to construct nationally branded lodging facilities.
On Feb. 9, John McRoberts, who owns three properties across the street and to the west of the proposed hotel, began overseeing the demolition of the nearly 125-year-old Des Moines Iron & Supply Co. building at 123 S.W. Third St.
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