Apr 4, 2023 - News

Des Moines orders removal of Capital Square dumpster — again

A photo of a dumpster

It's baaack. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

👋 Jason here. Last week I noticed a dumpster in the same spot along 5th Street at Capital Square that we reported about last year.

Catch up fast: For years, dumpsters took up portions of the street.

  • But after an Ask Axios reader question last year, Capital Square's management had them removed following a city notification.

Driving the news: Des Moines is again ordering the street be cleared, city spokesperson Devin Perry tells Axios.

  • A general contractor on Monday requested and the city granted a special temporary permit that requires the dumpster to be removed by April 14.

Of note: Real Capital Solutions, Capital Square's management company, is still gathering information about the situation, Will Berger, a spokesperson for the company, told Axios Monday.

A dumpster sits on the side of a road
Flashback to last year: Different dumpster; same smell. Photo courtesy of Bruce Gast

This story first appeared in the Axios Des Moines newsletter.

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