Raygun designer opens online T-shirt shop7/22/2015
John Bosley, 34, left his job as top designer at Raygun to start his own business selling prints, posters and graphic T-shirts. Bozz Prints is his online store featuring prints of the Des Moines skyline, the High Trestle Trail and the downtown Travelers sign, among other Des Moines features. Bosley said he won’t sell items similar to Raygun’s merchandise, instead offering his own “iconic art” on his products. After working at Raygun for a while, he took over shirt design. His most well known T-shirt is the “Iowa, 75 percent vowels, 100 percent awesome” slogan. Bosley worked at Raygun for six years. Find his designs at www.bozzprints.com or on Etsy at www.etsy.com/BozzPrints.
Apartment, retail development to break ground near Jordan Creek
Local development firm Ryan Companies announced plans to build a mixed-use development on the southwest corner of Jordan Creek Parkway and E.P. True Parkway, near Jordan Creek Town Center. Plans for the building, called Jordan West, have about 180 apartments and more than 100,000 square feet of big-box retail space in addition to six spots for smaller buildings that could be used for restaurants or medical offices. The project could break ground as early as this fall, and it would fill one of the last empty spaces around Jordan Creek. The area has seen a huge expansion following the opening of the mall in 2004. Ryan Companies bought the land in 2007 with a plan for an office park and small retail spaces. A large amount of empty office spaces in the area, in addition to the rising demand for apartments, caused the company to change course. Plans were approved by the West Des Moines City Council a couple weeks ago.
Younkers building sold
The former Younkers building was sold to an owner who plans to complete the previously started project of converting it into 60 apartments. Des Moines-based Blackbird Investments bought the property for $2.75 million from Wisconsin-based Alexander Co. Construction is slated to begin this summer and be completed by spring 2016. In addition to the apartments, Blackbird plans to refurbish the historic tea room and add 11,500 square feet of street-level retail space and underground parking.
Microsoft to add more data centers
Microsoft’s large data center in West Des Moines is growing quickly. The company recently announced plans to build four more buildings near the Willow Creek Golf Course, covering about 285,000 square feet at its server farm. The site plan for expansion was approved by the West Des Moines Plan and Zoning Commission. Microsoft broke ground on the $1 billion data center in 2014, and the four-phase project is scheduled to be completed by 2020.
Large home development to be built in Waukee
Jerry’s Homes Inc. announced plans for a 157-lot, single-family home development in the Kettlestone development near Ashworth Road and S.E. LA Grant Parkway in Waukee. The homes will span about 62 acres and take place in five phases. The Kettlestone development is a plan to develop about 1,500 acres of land around the new I-80 interchange and the new part of Grand Prairie Parkway, which is scheduled to open later this year.
32-story tower proposed for downtown
Mandelbaum Properties submitted a proposal for an $85 million tower that would include a nine-screen movie theater, 200 apartments, a 600-stall parking garage, office space, a jazz club and an outdoor climbing wall over Court Avenue. The mixed-use building would go up at Fifth and Court avenues, replacing a city-owned parking garage that officials have been looking to demolish. The project would be the fourth-tallest building in Iowa. Construction could begin as early as late 2016 and take at least two years to complete. If accepted, the project would be one of the first residential high rises built in Des Moines in years, as many developers avoid the cost of steel construction needed for the taller buildings. CV