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Blackbird Investments Partners with Des Moines YMCA

Blackbird Investments and YMCA Partner to Offer Innovative Wellness Programs Des Moines, Iowa – Blackbird Investments and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines have teamed together to offer two unique, ground-breaking types of wellness offerings — one for all Blackbird employees, and one for all tenants who live in a Residence by Blackbird. The first,…

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29-story tower being planned for the Younkers site

By:  Joel Aschbrenner A local development team wants to build a 29-story tower on the empty lot where the Younkers department store once stood in downtown Des Moines. Blackbird Investments is already renovating the portion of building that survived a massive fire in March 2014. It now wants to build a $60 million high-rise on the empty lot next door,…

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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…

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A Des Moines Landmark May Rise From Its Ashes

By: JOE GOSE DES MOINES — The Younkers department store was an anchor in this city’s downtown for over 100 years. And after it closed in 2005, the prime location was central to a plan to revitalize a long-neglected commercial corridor. A fire in 2014, however, derailed momentum for the project, under which the store,…

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Younkers/Wilkins renovation underway

By: Kent Darr Crews have begun removing lead paint and other environmental contaminants from the former Younkers building in downtown Des Moines to clear the way for a historic rehabilitation that could be completed later this year. Justin Doyle, a principal with owner Blackbird Investments LLC, said permits have been pulled for the $18 million…

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Former Younkers building sold

By:  Joel Aschbrenner The scorched former Younkers building has a new owner who plans complete the previous owner’s project converting the building into 60 apartments and refurbishing its historic tea room.

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Younkers Building Site Has New Owner

By:  Alex Payne DES MOINES, Iowa – The former Younkers building that was severely damaged by fire last year has a new owner. Blackbird Investments has purchased the Wilkins building and the remaining Younkers site from Alexander Company. Their immediate focus will be on the Wilkins Building. The renovation project will include full restoration of…

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