Two endangered buildings in Des Moines’ Highland Park to undergo historic rehabs

Two historic buildings in Des Moines’ Highland Park neighborhood that developers say are on the verge of demolition will undergo full rehabilitations as mixed-use commercial and residential properties. 

Des Moines-based Benchmark Real Estate Group and RWR Development are teaming up with Invest DSM to save the two century-old buildings that sit on opposite corners of Sixth Avenue at Euclid Avenue, the entrance to Highland Park’s commercial district. The historic neighborhood has undergone a renaissance, with several notable rehabilitations and new businesses opening.

Plans for 3523 Sixth Ave. include spaces for up to four commercial tenants, while plans for 3524 Sixth Ave. call for first-floor retail with 14 apartments.

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