City leaders in Des Moines have been contemplating what to do with an industrial area near the east side of downtown for about ten years.
Developers have now introduced a master plan for the area.
The 260-acre spot south of Des Moines’ East Village is known as the Market District.
It was the city’s preferred spot for a new federal courthouse, but government officials chose the former YMCA location on the west bank of the Des Moines River for the building.
Now, the master plan sees apartments, condominiums, town homes, shops and restaurants in the district.