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Agency picks downtown Des Moines spot for federal courthouse

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   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An agency has chosen a vacant riverfront block in downtown Des Moines for a planned $137 million federal courthouse.
   The General Services Agency announced Monday that its preferred site was a block along the Des Moines River that for decades was home to the downtown YMCA. That building was imploded in 2015, when the Y moved to another location.
   The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/2sIJ4Be ) the selection of the 1.8 acre site was a setback for city officials who proposed building the courthouse in the Market District, which is transforming from an industrial area into a district of apartment buildings, restaurants and shops.
   When completed, the courthouse will move from a structure built in 1929 that judges say is outdated.
   Construction is set to begin in 2019.

 

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