Dec 8, 2021 - News

Des Moines' tiny home village project back on the table

A drawing of a tiny home village proposed in Des Moines.
Joppa has proposed building a tiny home village at 1661 County Line Road in Des Moines. Drawing courtesy of Joppa

Plans to build a tiny home village in Des Moines are still in the works despite this week's delay before the City Council, the nonprofit behind the project told Axios yesterday.

Why it matters: The village is designed to offer transitional housing to people experiencing homelessness.

Catch up fast: Joppa, a nonprofit that's been working on the project for years, appeared to have withdrawn its offer to purchase property for the 50-home development, according to city documents released Monday.

  • A rezoning hearing for the proposal near the airport was dismissed at Monday's City Council meeting after city leaders requested information about the group's finances and structure.

What they're saying: Joppa CEO Joe Stevens denied that his group withdrew the offer. The nonprofit intended for the hearing to simply be delayed rather than dismissed, Stevens told Axios yesterday.

  • A project will happen even if finding a new location is necessary, he said.
  • City officials expressed willingness in his talks with them Tuesday to bring the matter back before the council sometime next year, he said.

Of note: Stevens and his staff did not return Axios' request for comment Monday.

The bottom line: The project isn't dead but construction is now more likely to begin in 2023 rather than next year, Stevens said.

  • Village supporters will meet in late January to hash out its next steps, Stevens said.
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