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YOUNKERS’ REHAB: Downtown Groundbreaking

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Renovation work begins Tuesday on a downtown Des Moines landmark.

The historic Younkers Department Store is undergoing a restoration.

Demolition is already underway, but Tuesday city and state leaders as well as developers will hold a groundbreaking ceremony. It’s set for 2:00 p.m.

The old Younkers building will be converted into 120 apartments and retail and office space. Work is expected to be completed in November 2014.

The building is at 713 Walnut Street.

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