Warden planning continues
23 May 2017
The vacant Warden Plaza in downtown Fort Dodge could be filled with 120 new apartments by the end of 2019, City Council members learned Monday.
The also vacant Wahkonsa Annex next to the Warden Plaza may be replaced with a new 113,000-square-foot recreation center featuring two gyms and two pools.
A parking ramp may be built nearby.
All those facts were included in a presentation to the council by Matt Brown, the president of Formation Group Inc., a Des Moines firm hired by the City Council to serve as project manager for the effort.
In response to a question from Councilman Terry Moehnke, Brown also revealed that KDG LLC, the Columbia, Missouri, firm that owns the Warden Plaza, had been in negotiations to buy the Carver Building at 1003 Central Ave. He said the deal hasn’t yet been completed because the individual the firm had been talking to retired. He did not say why KDG LLC was interested in acquiring that building.
Brown told the council that a development agreement with KDG LLC could be completed before July 1.
Work in the building at 908 First Ave. S. could begin soon after that agreement is approved and be completed by the end of 2019.
The company’s plans call for a restaurant, stores and an art gallery on the first floor, with apartments on the upper floors. The number of apartments to be created has ranged from 80 to 150 throughout the planning process so far, with 120 apartments being the most recent figure.