Additions to Wells Fargo – Jordan Creek Campus complete1/7/2015
Wells Fargo employees are nearly ready to move into the company’s new, $100 million offices on the West Des Moines campus. The addition was built to house 1,800 staff members. Mortgage employees will occupy much of the space. The additions include a 50,000-square-foot cafeteria and training center and a second parking garage with 1,400 parking spaces. The addition has allowed Wells Fargo to add 4,000 employees since the Jordan Creek campus opened in 2003.
Shive-Hattery building in final stages of completion
The architecture and engineering firm Shive-Hattery has been expanding. Hurd Real Estate redeveloped The Wall Street Journal building in Westown Parkway in West Des Moines to make more room for Shive-Hattery. The renovations include a remodeling of the exterior, new staircases, elevators, mechanical and electrical rooms, restrooms, a health room, a new entrance, an expanded rentable floor area, new landscaping and an expanded storm water detention system. The building also houses insurance company Symetra Life.
Kettlestone to be further developed this year
The Kettlestone development in Waukee on Hickman Road and Alice’s Road will have strong pushes in development in the New Year. Kettlestone is a 1,500-square acre area that will include 3.8 million square feet of commercial retail space and 5.5 million square feet of commercial office space.
River Point West apartments break ground this spring
A four-story apartment complex located south of West Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway will begin construction this spring. The building will have 142 market-rate units and will include space at ground level on the corner for a shop or restaurant. Developer George Sherman had made plans for a large office space for the area seven years ago, but the recession put a halt on the project. The apartments are slated to be completed in mid-2016.
Cityville on 9th apartment complex completes first development phase
Cityville, the $40 million complex developed by Hubbell Realty Co., is nearing completion of stage one of three stages of development. Located downtown at S.W. Ninth Street and Murphy Street, the building will provide 288 apartments. There will be nine total buildings, and buildings two, three and four were included in the first phase. Phase two will include buildings five, six and seven. For more information on the project, see www.cityvilledm.com.
Hotel Randolph renovations move forward
Hotel Randoph, located on the corner of Fourth and Court Avenue downtown, has been sitting empty for more than a year. Following a delay, developers are now moving forward, and plans include turning the hotel into 55 apartments and 7,800 square feet of retail space. Renovations are planned to begin this spring, and the grand opening is set for spring of 2016.
DMACC Ankeny stadium and culinary institute to expand
Des Moines Area Community College was the recipient of a $2 million donation to expand the school’s amenities. Philanthropists Dennis and Susan Albaugh have donated $1 million to expand the community college’s football stadium and another $1 million to expand the schools culinary center, which will be renamed in the couple’s honor. The stadium will have 2,000 seats added, gain new locker rooms, added restrooms, a new entrance, and the bleachers will be revamped. Total restoration of the field will be an estimated $4 million to $5 million. The culinary institute will also receive a new entrance with a new reception area, an events area, and remodeled classrooms. The cost for restorations for the culinary institute is estimated to be near $5 million. Construction begins in May, and the remodeled facilities are expected to open in January of 2016.
The Learning Post has new owners
The Urbandale-based teacher supply and educational toy store has been sold to former Kum & Go executive Kym Howe. Former owners Monti and Carol Miller ran the store for 37 years, opening the shop in 1977. The Learning Post’s hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Howe plans to expand the website and create a bigger online appearance. CV