At its regularly scheduled meeting January 6, the Polk County Housing Trust Fund's board of directors unanimously expressed its support for the conversion of the former Phenix Elementary School in West Des Moines into 17 high quality apartments for artists.
In its letter, the board wrote, in part:
"Overall, we firmly believe that CHI’s proposal for the Phenix School Apartment project will benefit the West Des Moines community by offering safe, stable, and affordable homes and preserving a historic building important to the fabric of Historic Valley Junction. CHI is a highly reputable developer with significant experience rehabilitating historic structures and managing affordable housing properties. They will ensure that Phenix remains a building that Valley Junction residents can be proud of."
In development for over two years, the Phenix project will bring quality apartments to the Valley Junction neighborhood, preserving a landmark historic building in the process. The project will be the focus of discussion during a West Des Moines Council meeting set for January 9. Additional information about the Phenix Elementary project can be found here.