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W.D.M. landowner agrees to installing barriers to block proposed outdoor storage area from view of passers-by


A West Des Moines landowner this week agreed to more stringent development requirements on a portion of his property in an effort to move the project forward.

Ryan Wiederstein owns about 40 acres west of Southeast 42nd Street between Army Post Road and Iowa Highway 5 on which he plans to develop a light industrial park.

Wiederstein has a potential user who is interested in providing outdoor storage for boats, campers and other vehicles. The user would develop the southeast portion of the land, Wiederstein told West Des Moines City Council members and city staff this week. However, city officials don’t want to allow outdoor vehicle storage on the site, which is visible to passers-by.

The area north of the proposed industrial site is being considered for outdoor recreation activities, city officials said. The area east of the site is being considered for single-family houses.

“If we’re going to allow outdoor storage, we need to have a sufficient barrier,” City Councilman Matt McKinney said.

Wiederstein agreed to work with city staff on developing the southeast corner of the property in a way that any vehicles stored outdoors would be screened from view of people traveling on nearby streets.

MAP ABOVEA light industrial park is planned for 40 acres south of Army Post Road in West Des Moines. An outdoor storage facility is being considered for one of the lots. Map provided by city of West Des Moines

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