Recent News

Office market shows signs of life

Reported in the Des Moines Register – 10/15/2014

Sure, no one is gearing up to build the next 801 Grand. But a handful of new low-rise office building projects are breathing life into the metro area’s long-dormant office market.

The development of hotels, retail centers and warehouses bounced back since the recession. Apartment construction never really missed a step. But the development of speculative office space — that is office space available for lease — had ceased until recently. Read the whole article

New eatery opens on Court Avenue

Reported in the Business Record – 10/21/2014

RoCA, a new restaurant owned by commercial real estate brokers Tyler Dingel, Todd Millang and Brian Martin, has opened downtown at 208 Court Ave., the Des Moines Register reports. Formerly Sbrocco, the restaurant serves a menu of shared plates and entrees, and seats about 165 people. Hours for opening week are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Regular hours begin Oct. 28.

EMC skywalk closes for 2-year renovation project

Reported in the Business Record – 10/20/14

The downtown skywalk across Eighth Street south of Walnut Street closes for about two years, while EMC Insurance Cos. begins demolishing a trio of century-old brick buildings to make way for a new four-story office, reports Check a map of current and expected skywalk closures here.

Winter Market dates announced; Downtown market to end this weekend

Reported in the Business Record, 10/20/14

As this year’s Downtown Farmers Market comes to an end, Greater Des Moines residents can still take advantage of the 2014 Winter Market which will be held Nov. 21-22 and Dec. 12-13 at Capital Square and Kaleidoscope at The Hub. The Winter Market will feature more than 130 vendors, entertainment and more. This weekend will be the last for the Downtown Farmers Market, held in the Court Avenue district from 8 a.m. to noon. This Saturday will also be Trick-or-treat at the Market. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in costume to celebrate Halloween.

World Food Prize Breakfast

The Downtown and West Side Chambers held their annual World Food Prize Breakfast on October 16th at Terrace Hill. This year’s Borlaug Lecture Series speaker was Jim French, Senior Advocacy Advisor for Agriculture with the non-governmental organization Oxfam America. The presentation was titled: “International Detente from a Center Township Farm in Kansas.” Chris Branstad, First Lady of the State of Iowa, and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds attended as well.

Jim French, a fifth-generation farmer and rancher, grew up in Reno County, Kansas. He farms land homesteaded by his great-great grandparents in 1871. He and his wife, Lisa, took over management of the operation in 1979. Their operation has received national and regional recognition and awards for conservation and innovation. Jim and Lisa have been dedicated volunteers in their community, and in state organizations. In 2005, French scaled back his farming and ranching activities in order to take a position with Oxfam America. Oxfam is an international development agency that focuses primarily on addressing hunger and poverty in the world’s poorest nations. Over the years, French has helped organize and coordinate US speaking tours for farmers from around the world including Ethiopia, Haiti, Peru, Vietnam, Tanzania, and Mali. In addition, French accompanied a group of US farmers to Senegal and Mali to view firsthand the impact of US commodity subsidies on African farmers in 2006. As the Senior Advocacy Advisor for Agriculture, French works to support policies that strengthen the rights, resiliency and productivity of people challenged by extreme weather, rigged markets and access to resources.

The event was Sponsored by: Iowa Public Radio, Walker Coen Lorentzen, and Cognizant