Call For Applications: Valley Junction Assistance Programs

This is the first day the City of West Des Moines is accepting applications for the Property Improvement Fund (PIF) and the Regulatory Compliance Fund (RCF) Programs for Historic Valley Junction commercial areas. If you have a business or are planning to locate your business in Valley Junction you may qualify for several assistance programs. … Continue reading Call For Applications: Valley Junction Assistance Programs

Design Guidelines: The Process So Far & 3/30 Meeting Reminder

Howdy, Historic West Des Moines! A reminder that the next Steering Committee meeting will take place in just over a week on Wednesday, March 30th. The evening will focus on continuing our review of the Railroad Avenue District, seeking a motion / recommendation, and beginning review of the Transitional District. The meeting will begin at … Continue reading Design Guidelines: The Process So Far & 3/30 Meeting Reminder

Steering Committee Meeting 2/16: Highlights + Next Steps

On February 16th, 2022 the Draft Design Guidelines for Railroad Avenue, were reviewed by the Steering Committee. The general direction of the Draft Guidelines for Railroad Avenue were well received, with comments and next steps focused on the following: Appreciation of streetscape recommendations and leveraging the corridor as a gateway to Valley Junction. There is … Continue reading Steering Committee Meeting 2/16: Highlights + Next Steps

Draft Design Guidelines Receive Thumbs-Up from Steering Committee 

Next Stop: Planning + Zoning Commission, Then City Council Hello Historic West Des Moines: Yesterday evening, the Steering Committee for the Historic West Des Moines Master Plan Update unanimously recommended pages 1-40 of the Draft Design Guidelines, which focus on the Mixed Use Commercial District. Next step is to present the guidelines to the Planning … Continue reading Draft Design Guidelines Receive Thumbs-Up from Steering Committee 

Working Draft of Design Guidelines: Steering Committee Review 1/26

Hello! The Historic West Des Moines Master Planning Team has been working very hard these past few weeks. Following extensive review of the feedback provided via the Visual Preference Survey, paired with Steering Committee discussion, oversight, and refinement at meetings on both January 5th and 6th -- we are excited to share the initial Working Draft of the … Continue reading Working Draft of Design Guidelines: Steering Committee Review 1/26

Design Preferences Shared: View Survey Summary

"Harmony is essential to the spirit of the district; buildings don’t stand alone." Howdy Historic West Des Moines! Thank you to the 300+ folks who responded to the Visual Preference Survey, 400+ individuals who participated in the Virtual Design Collaborative Workshop, and hundreds of comments shared. All your input was carefully compiled, reviewed, and summarized via … Continue reading Design Preferences Shared: View Survey Summary

Happy Holidays! Don’t Fir-get to Take the Survey…

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Historic West Des Moines Day... Happy holidays, Historic West Des Moines! Please grab some nog and click the button below to take the Visual Preference Survey. Watch the short orientation videos before getting started; they serve up important food-for-thought to assist with your survey experience. … Continue reading Happy Holidays! Don’t Fir-get to Take the Survey…