Can’t Park Here: East Village Residents Booted from Lot

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Residents at several East Village apartments recently received notice that the parking lot they use is closing at the end of the month.

The parking lot at 219 East Grand Ave., across from Zombie Burger, is being redeveloped into an apartment complex and retail space, so current residents have to find other options.

“I’m scrambling. Talking to my landlord, talking to Des Moines traffic about where to park and I have no options,” said Sean Jankowski, who lives in the apartment next to the lot.

The convenience of having a guaranteed spot downtown is important, he said. Street parking isn't always an option.

“That’s the one thing that’s really disheartening … there’s no alternative.

Ryan Galloway of Perennial Properties is working on behalf of its tenants to find parking options.

“We do have a period here where we are actively searching every possibility for extra parking stalls,” Galloway said.

He also said they working with the city and neighboring businesses to see if any spots are available to lease, but some tenants may want to move on.

“I think for some tenants, it may not work. That time period, the 15 months until additional stalls are created could be an issue. And we’ll work with those tenants to get out of their lease if needed,” Galloway said.

JSC Properties owns the lot and is redeveloping the area into a 98-unit apartment complex and retail space. At the same time, the City Hall lot will be redeveloped into a 535-stall parking ramp. The expected completion date for both is 15 months away.

“I think the east village is a great area. I’ve lived here since October, and it’s a nice thriving area. I’m all for expansion, but give us an alternative,” Jankowski said.

Assistant city manager Matt Anderson told WHO-TV he’s also reaching out to the property managers to help provide information about other parking ramps and meter parking near the apartment complex.

He did say once the parking ramp is complete in the City Hall lot in 15 months, tenants will be able to lease space there.

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