Embattled Des Moines Developer Owes City $1 Million

DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines city records show an embattled Des Moines architect and developer owes the city more than $1-million.

According to the Des Moines Register, the bills are for two loans Kirk Blunck received in the late 1990s.

Records show they should have been repaid five years ago.

The loans were taken out to update two east village buildings which now house Wooly’s and the Up-Down bar.

Blunck says despite their success, he still doesn’t have the money to repay the loans.

In recent weeks, Blunck has been criticized for the dilapidated condition of one of his apartment buildings in Sherman Hill.