DES MOINES, Iowa - Developers say they're taking advantage of a growing trend in bicycling in downtown Des Moines by building a 154-unit apartment complex designed for bike-lovers.
Nelson Construction and Development says "Bici Flats" won't just be for bike lovers - they hope to see anyone move in - but some of the amenities they offer will thrill the cyclists in Des Moines. Across the street from the trail-side bar, Mullets, and at the intersection of three popular bike trails, organizers hope Bici Flats will start a domino-effect of development for the Two Rivers district of downtown Des Moines - an area city leaders have long-desired to see more commercial and residential activity. The $1.75 million project will feature bike storage areas, repair stands, and a bike wash-room in each building. Developers say each balcony is designed for the most-optimal view of the downtown skyline, as well.
"When you look at downtown, if you're not going to be right in the core, you start to look at what's just on the periphery and on the edge. And I think this is the most exciting neighborhood close to downtown Des Moines," said Alexander Grgurich, a development partner. "You've got a really dynamic park down the street, you've got an Italian grocery store, you've got the best Italian food...you've got all these amenities - great views, natural rivers, scenic."
The project is expected to break ground this May, and developers hope to see it open for tenants as early as spring of 2016.