Wisconsin-based Alexander Co. will continue with plans to create apartment units and retail spaces at the former Younkers building, which was gutted by fire in March.

 

Crews are continuing to raze the east side of the historic structure, which suffered crippling fire damage.

 

However, the six stories on the west side of the building that still tower over Walnut and Eighth streets will be restored, with about 14,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor, renovation of the iconic Tea Room and creation of 60 apartment units on the upper floors, said Matt Anderson, assistant Des Moines city manager.

 

A decision has yet to be made on whether to sell the remaining block to another developer, Anderson said.

 

One issue to be resolved is how re-create to historical standards the facade that joined the west and east sections of the building, he said.

 

Alexander probably will begin the process of amending its development agreement with the city in the next two months, Anderson said.

 

Click here to read about the east-west connection of the Younkers building by Business Record columnist Dave Elbert.