Glow-in-the-dark mini golf opens in Jordan Creek7/9/2014
Glowgolf is a glow-in-the-dark miniature golf center that uses florescent golf balls, putters, course obstacles and décor under black lights. It recently opened in the Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines next to Buffalo Wild wings. The course includes 32 holes and a party area. For just $9, adults can play up to 54 holes at the center. Children 5 to 12 play for $7, and children 4 and younger for $4. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Call 515-224-2992, find it on Facebook or visit www.opryglowgolf.com.
Firetrucker Brewery open in Ankeny
Three former hobby beer brewers turned their interest into a business, opening Firetrucker Brewery on July 4 in Ankeny’s Uptown district. The brewhouse and tap room is located in a 46-year-old remodeled firehouse. Neil Zaugg, Scott Kaven and Dan Heiderschiet quit their jobs as a film producer and manager (Zaugg), a graphic artist (Kaven) and a former information technology vice president (Heiderschiet) to open the new brewery. They expect to produce 1,200 barrels in their first year. Craft brewing is a growing industry, with 1.2 craft breweries opening daily in the last two years, according to Bart Watson, chief economist at the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado. Iowa has about 50 craft breweries.
Facebook begins work on second Altoona building
The second building of Facebook’s data center in Altoona is going up north of Interstate Highway 80. Construction began late in June after city officials approved the site plan in April. The second facility will look similar to the 476,000-square-foot structure already there. In 2013, $18 million in state tax credits were awarded to the company for the project, which has plans for three buildings north of the interstate. Operations in the new building are expected to begin early in 2015.
Kum & Go headquarters to move downtown
The convenience store chain, currently based in West Des Moines, was awarded $9 million in incentives from the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board on June 20. Kum & Go seeks to build a $92 million facility for its headquarters in the Western Gateway downtown. The city of Des Moines has also provided about $13.4 million in tax-increment financing for the project. The incentives came with the condition that Kum & Go must create 62 jobs each paying at least $18.24 an hour.
Hubbell townhomes propose expansion downtown
The realty giant wants to build another development of townhomes in the downtown area. It recently proposed a $9.5 million project for 38 walk-up units at 555 Southwest Seventh St. in the Riverpoint area. Hubbell is one of several developers spending millions to overhaul the area. The proposal went before the Des Moines City Council on June 25, along with another project proposal for the third phase of Cityville, consisting of 339 apartments at market rate. Hubbell’s Cityville is a housing and retail development on Southwest Ninth St.
Businesses affected by Younkers fire still working
Several businesses took a hit after the destructive fire caused street closures and damage that took weeks to repair. Now, the process of rebuilding is already underway. Some businesses opened up in June, such as Hub Dental (June 12) and Bruegger’s Bagels (June 19) and French Way Cleaners near the end of the month. The Central Iowa Center for Independent Living opened on July 1.
Correction: Cindy’s Corner Café
The On the Move column reported in the June 26 issue that the new Indian-Pakistani Restaurant Taj Mahal replaced Cindy’s Corner Café at 2371 100th St. in Urbandale. Cindy’s Corner Café moved to 3017 100th St. in Urbandale last year and is still serving at that location. Cindy Barnes opened the café in May 2010. It is open 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. CV
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