Apartment, more townhomes planned for Bridge District in downtown

Construction is expected to begin in 2020 on a 114-unit, five-story apartment building in the Bridge District, located just south of Interstate Highway 235 on the east bank of the Des Moines River.

The Des Moines Plan and Zoning Commission on Thursday is expected to approve a request to rezone the 18-acre tract to a planned unit development. The rezoning is a procedural step as the city prepares to implement a new zoning code.

The residential development, begun by Hubbell Realty Co. in 2015, is proving to be popular. Two existing apartment buildings, with a total of 243 units, are fully leased, company officials said.

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