- Associated Press - Friday, August 4, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines officials have devised a plan to keep the proposed federal courthouse replacement from being built at the old YMCA site downtown, preserving the property for private development.

The City Council’s scheduled to vote Monday on an agreement that would require Des Moines to buy the land from Hubbell Realty Co. for $5.2 million if Hubbell doesn’t develop the land by May 31 next year. Hubbell would withdraw the property from consideration for the courthouse in return.

The federal government’s selection of the YMCA site was a setback for city officials, who want the courthouse built in the Market District, which is transforming from an industrial area into a district of apartment buildings, restaurants and shops.

Courthouse construction is set to begin in 2019.

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