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Nelson Development and Foutch Brothers are redeveloping the Des Moines Building, one of our city’s most prominent historical office buildings, into 136 apartments with additional office, retail, and restaurant space. Unique features of the building, when complete, will include an adjacent pocket park, ground-level access to the city skywalk system, and a 360 degree roof deck for use by the residents and public. In the heart of the newly acclaimed “Silicon Sixth Avenue”, the Des Moines Building looks to be the next addition to a street under transformation and a city on the move.

Nelson Chosen to Redevelop Historic Des Moines Building


July 12, 2011  – We are excited to announce that the City Council of Des Moines has agreed to sell Nelson Foutch Joint Ventures the historic Des Moines Building at 405 Sixth Avenue, in downtown Des Moines. This building is a key piece of downtown Des Moines’ redevelopment and will simultaneously increase the number of urban rental units while decreasing vacant office space inventory. Further details are included in the Des Moines Register’s summary of the project.

Plans for the building include 145 market-rate apartment units, two floors of commercial space, and creation of a “pocket park” to highlight a new restaurant and outdoor projection and sculpture area (pictured at left).

Nelson Foutch Development is honored to have been selected by the City Council of Des Moines to breathe new life into this great structure. We would also like to thank City staff and all those involved in the proposal process for their time and effort.

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