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FACE LIFT: Council Approves Younkers Plan

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The Des Moines City Council gave final approval to re-develop the old downtown Younkers building at their Monday meeting.

The building located at 713 Walnut will be transformed into a residential development, with retail space on the ground floor.

The approved plan turns the upper floors into 120 affordable housing units.

The project is expected to cost $35 million, with $3 million is grants coming from the city. Construction could start as early as spring of 2013.

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