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Developer proposes 26-story apartment tower in Des Moines

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A development firm has announced plans to build a 26-story apartment tower on the site of the former Younkers department store that was destroyed in a 2014 fire.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/2cylROY ) that Blackbird Investments revealed several new details of the project Friday.

Those details included plans for a skywalk-level park and a pool that juts out from the top floor, hanging hundreds of feet above downtown.

Blackbird estimates the project will cost $85 million, up from an original budget of $60 million.

Plans for the proposed 300,000 square-foot tower include 276 apartments and a business center that will offer office space and conference rooms that tenants can reserve.

The project is scheduled to go before the city of Des Moines' Urban Design Review Board on Tuesday.

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