14 Apr, 2017

Old Register space turns into $28 million apartment building

What was known as the Register building that housed the Des Moines Register operations for decades is now an apartment building.

The open house on Thursday drew a large crowd as the Indianapolis-based developer invited former and current Des Moines Register employees to see what their beloved old building has become.

It’s been empty on Locust Street for nearly four years, but for generations of journalists before, the giant, fourth-floor newsroom was their work home away from home.

They moved out in June 2013, and many Register employees haven’t set foot in the building since – until now.

The reporters, photographers and editors tried to navigate the new hallways.

It’s called the R & T lofts, named after the Register and Tribune newspapers. It’s a $28 million, 2 1/2-year project about two months from completion.

Joe Whitsett, chief executive officer of TWG Development, a company with a long history of renovation projects, was told downtown Des Moines has an apartment shortage.

“We went to the neighborhood and business association in this area, and they just said please build as many as you can,” Whitsett said.

They built 165 – all rentals.

All the desks are gone, but the space has more stories to come.

There are studios, and one and two bedrooms. Rents range from around $900 to $1,500. The first tenants start moving in May 15.

Original article here.