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Des Moines Industrial Sector Can Compete With Other Tech-Centric Markets

When hearing the names Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook, one’s mind might automatically shift to the Silicon Valley: the West Coast mecca of technology and computing. But you can find those same companies in the corn and soybean fields of Iowa. The state has become synonymous with state-of-the-art data centers for these familiar technology companies and others. [caption id="attachment_204667" align="alignright" width="100"] Chris Pendroy, CBRE|Hubbell Commercial[/caption]When I …

Increased Development Activity in Cedar Rapids Flows Across Property Types

These are momentous times for the Cedar Rapids economy. On the jobs front, the unemployment rate for the Cedar Rapids area stood at 3.2 percent in May, even tighter than the national unemployment rate of 4.3 percent for the same period.Meanwhile, the housing market recorded its lowest inventory of housing on the market in two years with 1,482 active listings in June 2017, 540 less than June 2015. On average, the number of days that houses were on the market dropped from 87 to 62 in the last …

Population Growth Sparks Apartment Development Wave in Des Moines

While recently visiting a local Starbucks, I noticed an employee behind the counter with a tattoo in the shape of California. I decided to ask the barista if she was from the Golden State, and indeed she was.I asked what brought her to Des Moines, thinking she would say family or a love interest, but I was wrong. She had read and heard so much positive press about the Des Moines area that she decided to give it a shot.[caption id="attachment_179198" align="alignright" width="100"] Rick …

Sioux City Experiences ‘Crane Craze’ Across Property Types

The skies are dotted with cranes — not the type you would find on route west to the Sandhills of Nebraska, but the type synonymous with a robust economy. It is safe to say there have never been so many cranes at work in the history of Sioux City. Several large industrial projects are resulting in further development of retail and multifamily space that has been in demand for some time in Sioux City. Retail, entertainment wave[caption id="attachment_159994" align="alignright" …

Cedar Rapids Real Estate Market Stays Hot As Flood Recovery Efforts Wind Down

The historic flood of June 2008 is becoming a distant memory as the city of Cedar Rapids prepares for the dedication of the new Northwest Recreation Center, the last public facility to be completed as part of the flood recovery project. The dedication ceremony is slated for Thursday, Aug. 25. The recovery has led to a revitalization of many flood-impacted areas in the city, ranging from residential neighborhoods to the downtown business district. Now the momentum is turning toward several new …

Cedar Rapids Rises to Commercial Real Estate Challenge Following Major Flood

[caption id="attachment_137078" align="alignright" width="100"] Scott Olson, Skogman Commercial Group[/caption]In the April 2014 edition of Heartland Real Estate Business, I pointed out that the recovery from the historic 2008 flood was nearing completion in Cedar Rapids, a city of approximately 129,000 residents. The last of the damaged city facilities, a recreation center in the Time Check neighborhood on the city’s northwest side, has been demolished. Taking its place will be a new …

Retail Construction Wave Hits Metro Des Moines

Stand in the center of Des Moines, take a look in all directions and one will discern that retail growth is not discriminating. It’s occurring in all areas of the marketplace.That’s not surprising for a metro area of 600,000 that was recently named “America’s Wealthiest City” by NBC’s Today show as part of a special series titled “Healthy, Wealthy, Wise.” In 2013, Forbes magazine ranked Des Moines tops on its 15th annual list of “Best …

Downtown Des Moines Undergoes a Gradual Metamorphosis

Things are happening downtown. A number of public and private initiatives are transforming downtown Des Moines from a place to work to a place where you can truly live, work and play. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield recently moved into its new 600,000-square-foot LEED Platinum-certified office building fronting the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and Principal Financial announced a $250 million renovation of its existing downtown campus. In addition, EMC Insurance Cos. …

Cedar Rapids is Turning Adversity into Game-Changing Opportunity

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 …

Developers Dust Off Retail Plans in Des Moines After Long Hiatus

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 …

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