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'Bici Flats': A Bike Oriented Development in Des Moines

A new development proposal in Des Moines called Bici Flats will provide one-of-a-kind amenities to residents who love to bike. But will it become a catalytic development for a downtown neighborhood?
January 20, 2015, 9am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Developers say they’re taking advantage of a growing trend in bicycling in downtown Des Moines by building a 154-unit apartment complex designed for bike-lovers," reports Reid Chandler.

The project is dubbed the "Bici Flats" but it might as well be called Shangri-La to bikers:

"Across the street from the trail-side bar, Mullets, and at the intersection of three popular bike trails, organizers hope Bici Flats will start a domino-effect of development for the Two Rivers district of downtown Des Moines – an area city leaders have long-desired to see more commercial and residential activity. The $1.75 million project will feature bike storage areas, repair stands, and a bike wash-room in each building. Developers say each balcony is designed for the most-optimal view of the downtown skyline, as well."

Renderings of the project are available at the project's Facebook page. Chandler reports that the developers are hoping to break ground in May in time for an opening as early as 2016.

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Published on Thursday, January 15, 2015 in WHOtv
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