Neighbors have beef with proposed Des Moines meat market
The Des Moines City Council will further consider Fareway's proposed meat market in Beaverdale next week. It's caused a stir among neighbors, so we're highlighting possible solutions to a few of the objections raised.
Why it matters: Redevelopment is important, but so are our neighborhoods. Potential problems could be minimized if the right fixes are found.
Catch up fast: Fareway's proposal would redevelop the former US Bank site at the corner of Beaver and Urbandale avenues into a stand-alone meat market.
- The plan calls for removing one of the neighborhood's brick homes and rezoning to allow for parking.
- DSM's Plan and Zoning Commission rejected the zoning request, saying the proposal didn't adhere to the city's land-use plan.
- The City Council unanimously sided against P&Z, directing city staff during a meeting last week to make the project work.
Here are some of the red flags people have raised:
Traffic: Much of the concern is linked with traffic entering the store parking lot off 41st Place, a residential street that runs behind the site.
- A possible solution: What if there wasn't access to the parking lot from 41st Place?
- P&Z member Greg Jones suggested the idea during a meeting in April, but he acknowledged it could be an inconvenience for drivers.
Brick house: Some neighbors are concerned that Fareway's plans to remove a home off 41st Place will negatively impact the area's character.
- A possible solution: Move the home to a nearby vacant lot.
- Fareway "is exhausting all available options" to preserve the home, spokesperson Emily Toribi told Jason.
What's next: City staff will make official recommendations before the City Council on Monday. The meeting starts at 4:30pm.
- Construction could begin as early as summer with a spring 2022 opening.
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