EMC Insurance Office to Replace Downtown Des Moines Buildings
October 20, 2014 by Associated Press
An insurance company plans to begin demolishing three downtown Des Moines, Iowa, structures to make room for a new office building.
EMC Insurance spokeswoman Lisa Hamilton tells The Des Moines Register that crews will begin tearing down the three brick buildings next week.
The century-old Foster Building, Robertson Building and an annex will be replaced by a four-story building that will house an employee gym and provide meeting and storage space. The new building is expected to cost between $12 million and $20 million.
Some preservationists have objected to the building demolitions, but Hamilton says remodeling has left the building interiors with little historic value.