Joel Aschbrenner, The Des Moines Register

Joel Aschbrenner

The Des Moines Register

Des Moines, IA, United States

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Past articles by Joel:

Bridge paves way for Madison County building boom

Construction has started on a bridge over the Raccoon River in the outskirts of West Des Moines. It promises to open up huge swaths of northern Madison County to development. → Read More

Major changes coming to Des Moines' 7th & Grand project again

The project is being developed by Des Moines-based Nelson Construction & Development. → Read More

Des Moines council OKs deal to buy YMCA site, thwart feds' courthouse plan

Des Moines City Council agreed to move forward with a plan that prevents the federal government from building a courthouse at the downtown YMCA site. → Read More

There's new hope for developing Des Moines' most notorious toxic site

The 38-acre Dico Inc. property on the southwest side of downtown Des Moines has sat empty for two decades, mired in litigation and environmental concerns. → Read More

Des Moines cuts deal to prevent federal courthouse at the Riverfront YMCA site

The city of Des Moines has hatched a plan to prevent the federal government from building a courthouse at the Riverfront YMCA property. → Read More

Longtime Des Moines radio personality Pam Dixon dies at 59

Pam Dixon co-hosted the KIOA Morning Show on from 2008 to 2017 was the first female stadium announcer for the Iowa Cubs. → Read More

Progressives rally at Iowa Capitol to preserve Obamacare

The event, called Our Lives on The Line, was organized by the creators of the Women's March and about 20 other progressive groups. → Read More

Des Moines man accused of stabbing pit bull

The dog is expected to live after receiving multiple surgeries. → Read More

Pedestrian plaza planned in Des Moines' Market District

The plaza would sit between two large apartment complexes planned in the Market District section of the city's East Village neighborhood. → Read More

Blackbird's 33-story Des Moines tower will include affordable apartments

The apartment tower in downtown Des Moines will include income-restricted units. → Read More

Without a courthouse, are Des Moines' Market District plans sunk?

The industrial section of the East Village will still be redeveloped, city leaders say. But it might take a little longer. → Read More

Downtown YMCA pools scheduled to open in early 2018

The aquatic center at downtown's Wellmark YMCA is expected to open by March 2018, Y officials said. → Read More

Why the feds picked the Riverfront YMCA site for Des Moines' new courthouse

Federal officials have selected a vacant site on the west bank of the Des Moines River for a $137 million courthouse. City leaders wanted the federal courthouse in a different location. → Read More

Feds select Riverfront YMCA for $137M courthouse project

Four sites were proposed for a new federal courthouse in downtown Des Moines. → Read More

In new TV ads, Des Moines tries to give other cities FOMO

Des Moines' tourism agency just unveiled a new marketing campaign, complete with a TV ad aimed at casting the city as a Midwest destination. → Read More

Hubbell's Gray's Station would add a small city to downtown Des Moines

More details are coming to light about Hubbell Realty Co.'s plan to build a 75-acre neighborhood on the south end of downtown Des Moines. → Read More

After 135 years in the same spot, one of Des Moines' oldest businesses is moving

Rowat Cut Stone was founded in 1882 to help build the Iowa State Capitol. In July, it will leave the city for a suburban warehouse park. → Read More

New senior housing development coming to Beaverdale

Calvin Community plans to expand its senior housing development on the northwest side of Des Moines. → Read More

$30 million sale is the most expensive in downtown Des Moines history

Capital Square, an eight-story office in downtown Des Moines, was recently acquired by a Denver-area firm for $30 million. → Read More

Co-working space planned on Ingersoll; Lessing-Flynn takes a chance on Market District

A co-working space called CollaborateDSM is scheduled to open in Lessing-Flynn's old office on Ingersoll Avenue. → Read More