West Des Moines’ Maximum Fitness 24/7 Grand Opening Set for Tuesday

August 18, 2010

WEST DES MOINES – A fitness facility in the Fox Prairie Retail Center will hold its grand opening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. The grand opening will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an opportunity to register for prizes, including personal training at Maximum Fitness provided by trainers from Evolution Fitness, golf passes from Woodland Hills and Copper Creek golf courses, fitness memberships and meal plans from Max Muscle Sports Nutrition.

Maximum Fitness 24/7, located at 640 S. 50th St., is owned and operated by Hubbell Realty Co. It was formerly Accel Fitness.

“Members have 24-hour access cards. Whether you want to exercise at 11 p.m. or 4:30 a.m., you don’t have to wait for someone to let you in the door. You can work out when it works for you,” said Kelly Sharp, Vice President of Retail Operations for Hubbell Realty Co. “Not only is it conveniently located for most people who live and work in West Des Moines, but it also is a secure facility with a 24-hour monitored surveillance system.”

Jenae Halstead, who manages Maximum Fitness 24/7, said the joining fee for new members will be waived during the grand opening week August 23-28.

“Maximum Fitness 24/7 has several features that are not typical for around-the-clock centers, which are often a bit cramped. We have 8,700 square feet and executive locker rooms with showers. We have a wonderful weight area and plenty of equipment so our members don’t have to wait around for other people to finish exercising,” Halstead said. “We offer free yoga classes and personal training and, overall, it’s just a great atmosphere.”

Maximum Fitness 24/7 offers memberships starting at $19.95 with no long-term contracts. Membership information and free passes are available at 999-5438 or http://www.maximumfitness247.com, Halstead added.

Hubbell Realty Co., which also owns and operates 24/7 X-Press Fitness at 8850 University Ave., has been a staple in the Des Moines real estate market for over 150 years. Its superior craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail has established its reputation for excellence and value. Buildings that Hubbell Realty has constructed for over a century remain prominent throughout the Des Moines metro today.

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Start of Riverwalk Brownstones Launches Second Phase of Downtown Residential Community

August 16, 2010

DES MOINES – Hubbell Realty is launching construction of a second group of downtown brownstone homes in a development that already includes the Brownstones on Grand, a company executive said today.

Steve Niebuhr, Hubbell Realty Co. senior vice president of construction and development, said earthwork is already underway for the first of four four-home buildings to be named the Riverwalk Brownstones between Second and Third streets at Powell Way. The homes, which will be smaller than the Brownstones on Grand and offer a lower price range, will have the brick and exterior design of traditional urban brownstones.

“We had tremendous success with the Midtown Heights community at MLK and High Street because it combined urban living with an attractive price point. That’s what you’ll see with the Riverwalk Brownstones,” Niebuhr said. “They’ll be a little over 1,400 square feet and their price range will be from $193,900 to $198,900. They’ll complement the Brownstones on Grand so potential downtown residents have a real range of options.”

The two-story Riverwalk Brownstones are the only downtown properties to offer two- or three-bedroom brownstones and two-car attached garages. The brownstones have the equivalent of a 10-year tax abatement, a feature that was also a strong attraction for Midtown Heights buyers.

“The tax abatement allows buyers to get more for less,” Niebuhr said. “In this case, when potential buyers run through the numbers, they’ll see the abatement will make the cost of a Riverwalk Brownstone equal to a row home or townhome in the suburbs.”

“Brownstone residents who work downtown can walk to the office and all the activities going on and they also have easy access to I-235 if they work in the western suburbs and take the ‘reverse commute’ to work,” Niebuhr said.

Hubbell Realty Co. has been a staple in the Des Moines real estate market for over 150 years. Its superior craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail has established its reputation for excellence and value. Buildings that Hubbell has constructed for over a century remain prominent throughout the Des Moines metro today.

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Melbourne Apartments’ First Phase Marks Triumphs Over Challenging Site to Address Affordable Housing Needs

August 5, 2010

DES MOINES – The newest development on the city’s south side represents a triumph over a long-neglected site’s challenging topography and an overall down economy to provide 84 restricted-income apartments, according to the firm responsible for its construction.

Local and state officials, the South Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, Hubbell Realty Co., executives and residents participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the official opening of the Melbourne Apartments, 5515 SE 14th St.

“Typically, we prefer to develop a community rather than just a one-off project, and that’s what we’re doing with Melbourne Apartments,” said Rick Tollakson, Hubbell Realty Co. president and CEO. “This was a large enough site so that we have an opportunity to create a community and do it in multiple phases.”

Tollakson said the site, which Hubbell Realty acquired in August 2008, posed grading and stormwater management challenges that contributed to the property remaining undeveloped for years. He also noted that neighbors were concerned about potential problems with the development, including water run-off and traffic but cited the efforts of Des Moines Council members Christine Hensley and Chris Coleman to alleviate the worries.

“The real success here is that the efforts of Chris Coleman and the city staff to facilitate numerous neighborhood meetings led to workable solutions. Even then, Melbourne Apartments needed a super-majority vote by the city council and Christine Hensley really led the way,” said Tollakson, who noted construction began in September 2009.

Krista Capp, vice president of property management, said Melbourne Apartments leasing has been ahead of schedule. She indicated the next phase of construction could be slated for 2011 as development eventually expands to 216 apartments.

“The federal housing tax credit program, which the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) administers, was instrumental in moving Melbourne Apartments from the conceptual stage to reality,” Capp said.

“The Iowa Finance Authority is committed to ensuring that all Iowans have access to safe, decent affordable housing,” said IFA Executive Director Joe O’Hern. “We know that our state and its communities are strengthened when individuals and families have the safety and stability that affordable housing provides. The Melbourne Apartments not only benefit the people who will live in them, but they make the state of Iowa a better place.”

Polk County Supervisor John F. Mauro, who represents south Des Moines as part of the Fourth District, was unable to attend the event but noted the development will be an asset to the neighborhood.

“The addition of 84 family housing units to our community provides much needed safe and affordable housing for our Polk County residents who are proud to call South Des Moines home,” Mauro said. “The Polk County Board of Supervisors is pleased to welcome Melbourne Apartments to the south side.”

Hensley said, “Projects such as the Melbourne Apartments are critical for the City of Des Moines to address our affordable housing needs within the community and Hubbell provides additional services to ensure success.”

Coleman noted, “We’ve been able to take a challenging site on one of the city’s busiest streets and turn it into a productive development and a great place for many people to live. Melbourne Apartments has been a real win-win situation for everyone.”

Hubbell Realty Co. has been a staple in the Des Moines real estate market for over 150 years. Its superior craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail has established its reputation for excellence and value. Buildings that Hubbell Realty has constructed for over a century remain prominent throughout the Des Moines metro today.

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Does Roxanne Conlin Know Where Ethanol Comes From?

August 5, 2010

DES MOINES – U.S. Senate candidate Roxanne Conlin, who still hasn’t articulated any semblance of a coherent farm policy, revealed her ignorance about agriculture by writing that ethanol is made from the same corn that people eat.

Conlin revealed her lack of knowledge when she attempted to snipe at Sen. Chuck Grassley’s over his support for ethanol. The Des Moines trial lawyer wrote that Grassley “was not realizing tortillas are made from corn as is ethanol.”

“Apparently Mrs. Conlin is ‘not realizing’ that ethanol is made from yellow corn and tortillas are made from white corn, which is not used to produce ethanol,” said Eric Woolson, a spokesman for Grassley’s re-election campaign. “Now it makes perfect sense that she didn’t understand the value of the ethanol funding formula that Chuck Grassley secured for Iowa. Of course, that’s no surprise because when the Des Moines Register’s editorial board endorsed one of her primary opponents, they wrote about Conlin that ‘we were surprised and disappointed she was not knowledgeable about and so oversimplified the details of important policy.’”

Conlin last week criticized the 2005 federal transportation bill, which funded transportation projects across Iowa as “wasteful spending.”

“She as much as said she would have voted against those Iowa projects and opposed the Grassley-authored change in the funding formula that stopped Iowa from being penalized by the federal government for using ethanol and, in turn, resulted in Iowa getting more federal money for road and bridge improvements,” Woolson said. “That’s not the kind of senator we need.”

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