Struggling Street Starts To Improve - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Struggling Street Starts To Improve

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 By: Claire Powell
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A struggling business strip in the metro is starting to see progress.

Construction is happening on every block of SE 14th Street. The city has been working on the redevelopment of the area for years and says it will take years to finish.

"There's a lot of old stuff in the corridor, but this is an opportunity to create nice, new development that's really going to stand the test of time," said Brian Meyer, Des Moines City Council.

For now, construction cones and bulldozers line the streets paving the way for new businesses like Dunkin Donuts, an Aldi grocery store, Hyvee Gas Station and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Before, people living in the neighborhood had to travel to get what they need.

"If anybody wanted anything, they'd have to go to the west side to get it," said a resident.

Now with the promises of new businesses, now they have reasons to stay in the area.

"I think it's great we don't have to go all the way over to Jordan Creek, we can stay a little more local over here," said another resident.

"I think it's going to provide a lot of new options for people, too. They don't have to drive out to West Des Moines or Ankeny or any larger communities, so I think its going to be a good thing," said a resident.

"We have most everything we need, right here on se 14th."

Even though those businesses are underway, Meyer said it will still take years to have the project reach where they want it to be.

 

 

 

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