The visual is a screen grab from drone video of site work occurring in the Market District, a $750 million redevelopment project underway in an aged industrial area east of the Des Moines river in downtown. To watch the video, click here.

Work is progressing on installing infrastructure in the Market District, a 39-acre area east of the Des Moines River roughly between Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and the railroad tracks. The aged industrial area, which includes city property, is being redeveloped and has been proposed to include an indoor-outdoor event venue, a hotel, office space, apartments, condominiums and parking. The paving of East Elm and Second streets is completed and utilities for internet, electric, gas and water have been installed, according to Paul Hayes, president of JSC Properties. “With the construction of bioswales, the first phase of the new regional stormwater detention system has been completed,” Hayes wrote in an email. Plantings along East Second Street are expected to begin in the spring. The redevelopment project is led by District Developer LLC, a group that includes JSC Properties, MidAmerican Energy Co., Knapp Properties and other area developers. District Developer is expected to begin purchasing city-owned buildings in 2022. “As we acquire city property next year, we will be demolishing all of the city buildings west of Fourth Street,” Hayes wrote.