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Blackbird proposes 29-story residential tower for former Younkers site

BY KENT DARR, Senior Staff Writer

Blackbird Investments plans a 29-story mixed-use building in a vacant site once occupied by Younkers department store in downtown Des Moines.

The building would include 220 residential units that would include market-rate rental apartments and for-sale units. In addition, it would have 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail fronting Walnut, a spokesman for the investment and development group said. The firm also is considering a 150-room full-service hotel in the building and is negotiating with possible flags. Blackbird currently is renovating what is now called the Wilkins Building on the west side of the Younkers lot.

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