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After deal with mobile home tenants, Iowa City Council advances Forest View

(The Gazette) The Iowa City Council on Tuesday evening unanimously approved the first consideration of rezoning 73 acres near Dubuque Street and Interstate 80 for a project including a mix of housing and commercial space.

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Blackbird, Iowa City officials reach agreement that moves forward $200M development

(Business Record) The approval came after several weeks of negotiations with the landowners to relocate residents of Forest View Mobile Home Park, originally built in the late 1940s.

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Let’s Make Des Moines Greater, Blackbird Investments in the Future

(Greater) Sharing the diverse set of ideas and solutions that we need to address the region’s challenges and opportunities.

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Historic Fort Des Moines renovation brings much-needed affordable housing to metro

(Des Moines Register) The $40 million Fort Des Moines Living is the outcome of years of behind-the-scenes work to revitalize the Fort Des Moines property on the city’s south side.

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Developer transforms historic southside Des Moines landmark

(KCCI) The Fort Des Moines is next to the Blank Park Zoo on the south side. For decades, it was an abandoned eyesore, full of rundown buildings. Then Blackbird Investments came to the rescue.

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Tea room rises from Younkers’ ashes as modern events venue

(Des Moines Register) More than three years after a fire nearly destroyed the iconic downtown Des Moines restaurant, the former Younkers Tea Room has a new look and a new mission.

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Once-devastated Younkers Department Store has new life

(KCCI) The old Younkers Department Store was destroyed by a fire but now its most iconic feature, The Tea Room, is back in business.

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Mixed Use Award goes to Blackbird Investments for Wilkins Building in Des Moines

(WHO) This project is an adaptive reuse of the historic Wilkins’ Department Store. The six-story building now features four stories of residential units (sixty units in total) and 20,000 square feet of commercial space.

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Renovated Commercial Award goes to Blackbird Investments for Market One Building in Des Moines

(1000 Friends of Iowa) Five independent jurors from across the state selected projects that implement the efficient use of our resources to develop sustainable communities that provide a high quality of life.

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Blackbird’s Century-Old Warehouse is LEED Platinum Certified

(Inhabitat) This eco-friendly renovation not only involved salvaging and reusing original elements in the century-old building but also inserting energy efficient systems that have helped the project achieve net-zero energy certification.

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