Cowles Commons Construction Wrapping Up

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DES MOINES, Iowa - The football-length "red carpet" is installed, and contractors are tying up the remaining loose ends at the new Cowles Commons plaza in downtown Des Moines.

Formerly known as Nollen Plaza, work has been going on at the commons since September 2013, and may finally be finished by July. For the city's annual Winefest celebration, held from May 30-June 6, the DuPont Pioneer Sips & the City wine tasting event is set to take place on the commons. Though chief operations officer with Des Moines Performing Arts, Laura Sweet, says some finishing touches will still remain during Sips & the City, attendants will get a good feel for what Cowles Commons will be like upon completion of the project.

Des Moines Performing Arts has taken on the $11 million project with the idea of making it more pedestrian-friendly, including fountains for children to play in, and a "red carpet" leading up to the Des Moines Civic Center.