A historic area of Des Moines’ south side could soon undergo a $26 million renovation.
The city council voted Monday night to approve preliminary terms of an agreement on financial aid for the rehabilitation of six buildings at Fort Des Moines – turning them into residential units.
Fort Des Moines, located south of Army Post Road and near the Blank Park Zoo, was established as a Cavalry Post in 1903. It served as a military training facility, and later repurposed for post-war housing.
The agreement approved by the council includes a 100 percent rebate of new taxes generated from the property for the first 10 years once work is completed. Seventy-five-percent of the taxes would be rebated for the five years after that.