News

Impacting Communities Through

Transformative Real Estate Projects

Veterans Day means many things to many people. Every November 11th, our nation comes together to remember and honor the service and sacrifices of our Veterans. Blackbird Veterans Marc Helm and Rob Stark reflect on what this day means to them.   MARC HELM, Blackbird Property Specialist Branch:...

Fort Des Moines Living has just received two national awards regarding its community impact and architectural work. The first award is the AIA Central Regions Award for Historic Preservation. This award is presented to one project throughout the entire Midwest exemplifying the highest standard of...

In honor of National Dog Day, we wanted to share a little bit about our favorite employee, Bucky. Bucky is a service dog from the Puppy Jake Foundation, who tags along with Building Specialist and Military Veteran, Marc Helm. Puppy Jake Foundation is dedicated to...

The Blackbird team recently joined Meals for the Heartland at the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus for a meaningful pay-it-forward experience of packaging meals for those who experience food insecurity right here in our community, as well as abroad. The YMCA Supportive Housing Campus is a community solution...

KTVO — A wrecking ball is scheduled to start swinging again at Ottumwa’s St. Joseph housing site on Monday. Contractors started to tear down the old five-story hospital on North Ash Street last summer. Demolition was then placed on hold for several months due to a contract...

Designed and built by the Blackbird design team, "Boarded Up" is currently on exhibition in Newton, Iowa at the 2019 Preserve Iowa Summit. The Preserve Iowa Summit is the premier statewide annual conference for professionals, property owners, and volunteers involved in historic preservation in Iowa....

THE GAZETTE — Construction on the proposed Forest View development moved closer to reality Tuesday night. The Iowa City Council voted 6-0 to approve the third and final vote for rezoning 73 acres near Interstate 80 and N Dubuque Street. The proposed Forest View development will feature...

INHABITAT — Des Moines-based Neumann Monson Architects has breathed new life into a historic industrial warehouse in Iowa by transforming the 117-year-old building into LEED Platinum multi-tenant offices. Commissioned by Blackbird Investments, this eco-friendly renovation not only involved salvaging and reusing original elements in the...

KCCI — A $40 million renovation has transformed a historic southside landmark. The 100-year-old Fort Des Moines military complex is now home to 142 low-income apartments. The Fort Des Moines is next to the Blank Park Zoo on the south side. For decades, it was an abandoned...