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Weitz Turns over First 40 Units at Historic Fort Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)– A lot can happen in 100-plus years. From 1903 to 1910, The Weitz Company built Fort Des Moines – where African-American men were first trained and commissioned as officers in the U.S. Army. Fast forward 108 years to today and Weitz is renovating the same structures that have endured 432 seasons…

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Intern Inks: Soft Skills

I promised a blog post on soft skills, so here I am to deliver. I had a mentor this past year who often complimented me on my soft skills. I went home and looked the term up, and found that it meant, “working well with others.” That was one of the kindest compliments I’d ever…

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Intern Inks

Welcome! A few days ago my boss told me that in addition to my sales and events duties, I get to blog about being an intern! This is very exciting for me. During my internship search in the spring, I was torn about whether I should look for jobs that involved mostly event planning or…

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Market One Building Wins ASHRAE National Technology Award

IOWA BASED ENGINEERING FIRM, MODUS, RECEIVES FIRST-PLACE FOR INTERNATIONAL ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD. Des Moines, IA – MODUS, the largest Iowa-based engineering firm, won the ASHRAE National Technology Award for the Market One development in Des Moines, Iowa. This globally recognized award identifies engineering excellence for the restoration of an existing commercial building and is highly…

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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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Blackbird Closes on Financing for Historic Fort Des Moines Renovation

July 17, 2017 Des Moines, IA – Blackbird Investments has finalized all funding for the renovation of existing Fort Des Moines structures. The project includes renovating seven former barracks and three horse stables into 142 income-restricted apartments units. The overall project cost is estimated to land close to $40 million. Majority of the funding proceeds…

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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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