GOING GREEN: Sixth Avenue Corridor Facelift

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Des Moines’ 6th Avenue corridor is going to see some big changes, thanks to the EPA.

The city is one of five selected for the Greening of America's Capitals project. Through a partnership between EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Transportation state capitals are selected to develop a vision of distinctive, environmentally friendly neighborhoods that can be implemented incorporating innovative green building strategies. Only 3 to 5 cities are chosen each year.

Two Midwest design firms are tasked with developing a plan for the one-mile area of Des Moines between I-235 and Hickman road.

EPA officials say the new design will include widening sidewalks, narrowing streets, and making improvements to street lights and bus stop shelters. The plan will also add more native plants as a way to control storm water and runoff, which will keep the water in the area and help prevent flooding along the Des Moines River.

The design firms are working with businesses in the area to keep them in the loop during this process.

Past capital cities selected for the project say the green designs have helped bring new business to the improved area.   Des Moines is hoping to see similar results.