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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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New restaurant brings Southern cuisine to Des Moines

By:  Susan Stapleton Marketing pro Chris Diebel is ready to jump into the hospitality industry in a whole new way. The managing director of LPCA Public Strategies plans to take his three-day pop-up restaurant from 2013 and turn it into a full-fledged restaurant.

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St. Joe’s update coming Tuesday

By:  Matt Milner OTTUMWA — Most city council meetings don’t draw large crowds, but the one next Tuesday just might. One of the focuses for the meeting is the renovation of the old St. Joseph Hospital. Blackbird Investments announced plans to convert the facility into about 70 apartments and addressed the city last May. The…

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