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On the Move

Jethroni Pepperoni opens for business


Jethroni Pepperoni has arrived in Altoona. The menu includes pasta entrees, pizza, sandwiches and salads. The menu also includes specialties like chicken Marsala, steak de burgo, shrimp scampi and much more. Restaurateur Bruce Gerleman, who operates six other metro Jethro’s restaurants as well as downtown seafood restaurant Splash, has completely remodeled this new location at 3221 Adventureland Drive. The new eatery will not serve BBQ and is open only for dinner until later this year when they will add lunchtime hours.

Hotel Randolph on the riseCV Move March 23 pic 2
Renovations at the Hotel Randolph and two adjacent buildings will soon be finished, and the buildings will be back in action. Altogether, the three buildings have been transformed into 55 rental housing units, which are currently available for leasing with move in options as early as April 1. The apartments offer a variety of floor plans, including studios, one-bedroom units and larger apartments. The building is pet friendly and offers leasing terms from six to 24 months. Prices range from $610 to $2,300 a month. There are also six street-level storefronts in the buildings, and commercial tenants Pita Pit and the Original Draught House are lined up for occupancy.

Apartments planned for downtown’s Market District
A local development team led by local developer Frank Levy recently presented city leaders with plans for a new $7 million East Village apartment complex. The plan calls for a four-story, 59-unit building to be called Connolly Lofts, to be located near Southeast Seventh Street and East MLK Parkway. Ground breaking would be this fall, and construction would wrap up a year later. The new project furthers the goal of redeveloping the area known as the Market District — an industrial area on the southern end of the East Village bounded by East Court Avenue, East MLK Parkway, the Des Moines River and East Seventh Street. City officials warn that the entire district’s transformation could take years. As of now, the only visible renovation has been an old steam tractor warehouse on East Third Street, which became the Market One Building.

Des Moines schools have a plan
The Des Moines School board recently approved the purchase of the old Merchant’s Building at 2100 Fleur Drive. District officials say this acquisition is the first step in improving space usage, reducing lease payments and developing a new Welcome Center. The building was built in 1990 and contains 36,000 square feet of office space as well as parking for 132 vehicles.

The Vape House II
For those trying to quit smoking or are interested in starting to vape, there’s a new Vape House in Valley Junction. The Vape House II is officially open and has everything needed to get started. The new shop is located at 411 Railroad Place in West Des Moines. Their phone number is (515) 279-0028. The store is open Monday – Thursday from 10-7 p.m., Friday from 10-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon – 4 p.m.

Wausau up
Wausau Homes officially opened its doors and held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the affair. The custom homebuilder specializes in designing, developing and constructing new homes. This branch will focus on houses to be built in either the Waukee or the Dallas County area. The new office can be found in Liberty Park Mall on the west side of Hickman Road in Waukee at 294 West Hickman Road. Call (515) 478-5555. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CV

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