Sep 19, 2022 - News

Des Moines board to vote on design of debated $56M housing project

A drawing of an apartment building
Rendering by the Annex Group/Ask Studio via the city of Des Moines

Preliminary plans for the $56 million Union at Rivers Edge project go before the Urban Design Review Board Tuesday.

Why it matters: Some DSM City Council members question whether the project is a good fit or worthy of more than $5 million in tax incentives.

Details: The Annex Group, an Indianapolis-based developer, is proposing about 220 apartments in two buildings at 214 Jackson Ave.

  • The nearly 4 acre site is a former industrial area and is adjacent to developing recreation and water trail systems.

Catch up fast: A preliminary development agreement was narrowly approved by the city council last month in a 4-3 vote.

State of play: Design review board staff recommend approval of the preliminary designs.

  • Construction could begin next year and take about two years to complete.
Data: City of Des Moines; Map: Axios Visuals
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