Building has started on a making in Valley Junction that will be house to a athletics- bar restaurant and retail retail outlet.
Developer Tim Rypma, who also is involved in other developments in the historic West Des Moines neighborhood, designs a 4,900-square-foot, a person-tale creating at 111 Fifth St. on the southern edge of the blended-use business enterprise district.
Cafe Bix & Co. has signed a lease for the southern parcel, which consists of a big patio going through Railroad Park. The remaining place, between Bix & Co. and the adjacent creating housing Massive Acai Bowl, is available for lease, if possible to a retail tenant, Rypma stated.
To make way for the new creating, the staff demolished a 1960s concrete masonry structure that housed a CPR Mobile Cellular phone Restore retailer, which moved a block north to 216 Fifth St.
The proposal acquired acceptance from the Valley Junction Historic Master Program Steering Committee, which has established a established of layout rules to preserve the nature and character of the district, the historic downtown of West Des Moines. The suggestions involve a pause on demolition until September so the committee can discover historic properties qualified for preservation.
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Rypma said the creating will mimic its surroundings, with total brick design, big windows and wrought iron detailing.
“Almost everything we know about historic preservation, we are putting toward making an attempt to make the creating glance like it is been there for 100 several years,” he mentioned.
Bambi Helm, who will open up Bix & Co. with her son Darren Helm, aspect-operator of 300 Craft & Rooftop in downtown Des Moines, and business enterprise spouse Matt McCormick, mentioned the restaurant will be a family members-welcoming sports activities bar that serves pizza, burgers and appetizers.
They prepare wall of TVs, a billiards table and, quite possibly, breakfast on the weekends.
The team wishes “to pay homage to Valley Junction historical past” with tables made out of elm, locust, walnut and maple — the names of the 4 cross streets in the organization district — a foot rail created of railroad rail around the bar, and railroad spikes for purse hooks, Bambi Helm said.
The restaurant is named after her 91-year-old father, Bob Bixenman, who is identified by his buddies as “Bix.” He begun Bix Basement Techniques in Fort Madison in 1960. It now serves a few states.
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“He is the biggest entrepreneur we know and he has just instilled that in me, and Darren as nicely,” Bambi Helm mentioned. “And so we just really wanted to do one thing for him — we are just so proud of him and he’s so happy of us.”
Bix & Co. is predicted to open up in November.
Rypma programs to devote $2.3 million, with a return of $300,000 as a result of a new home tax rebate program in put in the organization district.