The old Younkers building was a key part of the Walnut street revitalization project. Developers planned to convert it into housing and retail space. Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie was in the studio this morning to talk about the impact of today’s events on the future of downtown development.
Mayor Cownie says the Younkers building was a key landmark on the downtown landscape. It was the focus of a forty million dollar project to revitalize the downtown area. The project included 120 new residential units along with retail on the ground and the skywalk.
He says downtown is seeing a resurgence and while this is a devastating and tragic loss this fire is just a setback.
See the the mayor’s entire interview here…