Southeast Connector Project, Downtown Development Approved by Council

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Des Moines city council had a packed agenda Monday night, with items that will extend the Southeast Connector and add hotel space downtown.

First on the agenda was "Great Alternatives.” The shop on Franklin Avenue was seeking a tobacco and nicotine permit. The Des Moines Police Department recommended that permit be denied because of the owner's criminal history. The council sided with police and voted to deny it.

The council approved a $1.2 million contract with an architect to design the next phase of construction on the Southeast Connector project. It would extend the road from East 30th Street to Highway 65.

Finally, the council green-lighted a new hotel-apartment and parking project on East Walnut Street. The plan calls for 137 hotel rooms, 124 rental units, retail space and 300 parking spaces.

The project will cost $49 million.