The city of Des Moines recently took on the job of repopulating downtown buildings and they say they are seeing positive results.
According to the Downtown City Alliance the number of vacancies is dropping. Thanks to new residents using up old office space they’ve seen a decrease in vacancies of nearly 40 percent.
The buildings they re-purposed so far have office space on the lower level and residential space above.
“That`s the best thing you can do, re-purpose these old historic structures. Make them viable and give them a new purpose,” said Director of Economic Development Tim Leach.
Leach says they hope to continue to attract residents and more business as the economy improves. “We`ll get more of the office space that is vacant filled up and eventually there`ll be a need for new construction on the office front,” he said.