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MidAmerican razing buildings along riverfront


  MidAmerican Energy Co. is demolishing its Two Rivers facility at 200 S.E. Third St. Photo by Kathy A. Bolten

MidAmerican Energy Co. for the past month has been demolishing buildings in its Two Rivers facility located just east of the Des Moines River and north of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

Officials with MidAmerican Energy said employees who had worked at the facility were moved to other locations last spring.

Buildings on the 11.3-acre tract are being demolished and the property is “being prepared for future development,” Tina Hoffman, a MidAmerican Energy spokeswoman, wrote in an email. “Any plans beyond that are not final and would be premature to discuss.”

The MidAmerican Energy property is located within the Market District, 45 acres roughly between East Court Avenue and MLK Parkway and the river and the state Capitol complex.

City officials have long planned to redevelop the area with lofts, apartments, offices and shops. At one time, an indoor farmers market was discussed for the area.

The MidAmerican property at 200 S.E. Third St. is where city officials had proposed that a new federal courthouse be built. They had believed a new courthouse would jump-start redevelopment within the Market District. However, federal officials opted instead to build the $137 million structure on the west bank of the Des Moines River on the site of the former Riverfront YMCA property.

Some redevelopment in the Market District is occurring. A 150-unit apartment complex is under construction at the former Rowat Cut Stone and Marble site at 110 S.E. Seventh St. The business relocated to Norwalk more than two years ago. Scrap Processors Inc. at 306 S.E. Fifth St. is relocating to a larger site along Southeast 30th Street, south of Scott Avenue.

2008 city plan shows a civic park and green space in the area owned by MidAmercan Energy.

The city’s Urban Design and Review Board is scheduled to talk about updated plans for the Market District this fall.

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