An Iowa developer who faced resistance to building a seven-story extended-stay hotel in the Historic East Village Neighborhood has adjusted the structure’s height, allowing the project to begin gaining the necessary approvals so construction can begin in September.

The Element Hotel, a Marriott brand, originally was proposed for seven stories at 304 E. Walnut St. However, commercial buildings in East Village typically cannot be more than 55 feet tall. The Zoning Board of Adjustment in November approved an exception, allowing the hotel to be 75 feet tall, or six stories, with a level of underground parking.

Element Hotels include numerous sustainability initiatives in their design, including water and energy conservation, trash recycling and use of materials that don’t have known toxins and carcinogens.

On Thursday, Des Moines’ Plan and Zoning Commission is slated to review the site plan for the $22.7 million hotel that will include 112 guest rooms, a swimming pool and indoor fitness center, and outdoor seating on the rooftop. In addition, the structure will include 1,600 square feet of ground-level commercial space. The hotel will also have car-charging ports and bicycles available for guest use.

To learn more about financing for the project and background on the project's developers Lincoln and Lisa McIlravy, continue reading.