- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - City leaders want to convert an empty auto shop in a Des Moines suburb into a hub for bicyclists.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/1WKgkDV ) that a study conducted for Windsor Heights recommended the hub be fashioned out of a former Sears Auto Center that sits near the Walnut Creek and Clive Greenbelt bike trails. The study recommends the hub include a cafe; restrooms with lockers; a changing room; a bike repair station; and a lawn or event space with a covered pavilion or stage.

Costs could range from $200,000 to $1.7 million, depending on whether the city leases the space or buys it. Costs also would depend on the businesses that choose to open in the hub.

Mayor Diana Willits says she hopes construction can begin next year.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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