May 19, 2021 - News

Neighbors have beef with proposed Des Moines meat market

Exterior of Fareway's meat market in Omaha, Nebraska.

The proposed Beaverdale meat market would look similar to Omaha’s store. Photo courtesy of Fareway

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.
Exterior of a Des Moines home that could be moved or demolished under Fareway's meat market proposal.
A photo of a Beaverdale brick home that would be moved or demolished under Fareway’s proposed store plans. Photo courtesy of the Polk County Assessor

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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