Town-owned land in Current market District appraised at $11.1 million

District Developer LLC, a consortium that incorporates developer James Cownie’s JSC Houses, MidAmerican Power Co. and other neighborhood developers, plans to redevelop 39 acres of the Market place District, a 260-acre location roughly in between East Court Avenue and Scott Avenue and concerning Southeast Fourteenth Road and the Des Moines River. Architectural rendering presented by JSC Homes

The 14.1 acres owned by the metropolis of Des Moines east of the Des Moines River in an area named the Sector District has been appraised for $11.1 million, but the property’s closing sale value will be established by costs related with razing buildings and remediating environmental issues, in accordance to info launched in a community document these days.


The city’s community functions yards are presently found at 216 S.E. Fifth St. and are spread more than about 6 blocks. The yards are in an spot getting eyed for redevelopment by District Developer LLC, a consortium that incorporates developer James Cownie’s JSC Homes, MidAmerican Vitality Co. and other community developers. 

The development team has proposed redeveloping 39 acres of the Marketplace District, a 260-acre place approximately surrounded by East Court docket Avenue, Southeast Fourteenth Avenue, Scott Avenue and the river. When concluded, redevelopment of the 39 acres would incorporate an indoor-out of doors celebration venue, a hotel, business space, flats, condominiums and parking. Officials have approximated it could choose up to 10 yrs to comprehensive the redevelopment, approximated to be valued at a minimal of $245 million.

On Tuesday, the progress group is scheduled to current its proposal for streets, tree and shrub plantings, lights, stormwater administration, and pedestrian and bicycle traffic to Des Moines’ City Design and style Evaluation Board. Bundled in the proposal is a system to plant extra than 200 new trees, growing tree coverage in the space to 52% from 18%. 

The Town Council in December established a listening to date of Jan. 25 to sell the city-owned land to District Developer. Development of a new community will work facility is underway on a web page near Southeast 18th and Maury streets.  

In accordance to information and facts delivered to evaluate board associates, the 2020 appraised reasonable market place worth of the town-owned land is $11.1 million. The property’s sale value will maximize by 2% a year commencing in 2022, according to the doc. Nonetheless, the metropolis document also said that the sale selling price will be reduced by a “yet-to-be-determined” expense linked to the demolition of properties and website remediation.

Also incorporated in information and facts offered to the board are remaining provisions in a development agreement permitted by the council in December:

  • The town will present up to 93% of project-produced tax increment on developing valuations for 20 yrs for every progress task. Beforehand the city was heading to deliver up to 90% of tax increment. The improve is owing to District Developer’s dedication to “long-term” ownership of Industry Road and a segment of East Third Street as personal streets with public entry.
  • The town will be liable for reconstructing Southeast Fourth Road amongst East Court Avenue and East Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and parts of East Second, East Third and East Fifth streets between Court docket and the Iowa Interstate Railroad observe. District Developer will reconstruct the remaining streets.
  • East Market place Avenue between Southeast Second and Sixth streets will come to be a “signature street” for the region with unique streetscape and lights characteristics.
  • At least 10% of multifamily housing will offer reasonably priced rental rates during the “duration of the money aid.”
  • Newly produced buildings in the place will be at minimum 3 tales tall. A handful of structures will be authorized to be up to 200 toes tall, or about 10 stories, as very long as sights are not obscured of the Iowa Capitol building from Principal Park.
  • Wooden-framed construction is banned in the area. Allowable development supplies contain steel, concrete and mass timber.

District Developer is expected to begin internet site preparation operate on the parcels it owns in the spring. Infrastructure do the job is also predicted to start in the spring, in accordance to facts provided to the style and design board. Ryan Cos. has been named the typical contractor to assemble infrastructure and put together web-sites for redevelopment.

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