Governor Square shopping center in West Des Moines now has the local ownership it has needed, said Chris Murray, president and CEO of Denny Elwell Co. in Ankeny. C & J Development Co. LLC, an Elwell entity, bought the 100,056-square-foot strip center last week from a Texas-based special servicer that had managed the property since 2012. About 50 percent of the retail spaces had tenants and, based on a description on the Polk County assessor's website, its condition had fallen to "below normal." Murray wouldn't disagree. A new roof is in store, the parking lot needs to be paved and tenants' spaces require improvements, he said. The property at 2700 University Ave. needed "local ownership," Murray said. He points out that University carries a lot of potential shoppers. "It is in a stable area," he said. "We see it as an opportunity to take an area that has been active and just needs a little attention." The nearby Clocktower Square, which was purchased by a Denver group, also is undergoing a major renovation.