Most retail brokers in Des Moines are cautiously optimistic in their expectations for 2013. For the first time in years, I’m seeing a lot of site plans for new retail developments come across my desk. Several projects that had been on the back burner for the last few years have finally begun to take shape. Des Moines, like most markets, got hurt when the Great Recession hit. However, with its major industry based in insurance, it weathered the storm better than many other markets. At..
In June 2008, Cedar Rapids experienced what at the time was the fifth worst disaster in U.S. history. A historic flood covered 10 square miles in the four core neighborhoods and the entire downtown, damaging more than 5,000 homes, over 1,000 businesses, and numerous public, cultural and religious facilities. Since that time, 1,088 residences have been demolished and 2,356 residential properties repaired or rehabilitated. Some 82 percent of the damaged businesses have reopened compared to a..
The conservative nature of the Des Moines marketplace has been tested in the past 24 months yet cautious optimism prevails. Historically the high concentration of financial service and insurance companies translated into quick absorption of large blocks of space. However, the downturn in the economy and the move of companies such as Allied-Nationwide, Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Aviva to new, owner-occupied buildings left behind significant blocks of space that have increased the..