Forest Avenue Village
Des Moines, Iowa
Forest Avenue Village is a newly constructed development consisting of 50 units within (3) two story buildings with centralized parking. This complex includes Studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and 3 bedroom units that all include in-unit laundry, private entrances, and upgraded finishes such as tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and large kitchen islands. The site is located in the heart of Drake University Campus town, expecting to appeal to the Drake University students, but is not limited to student housing. Simonson worked with Neighborhood Development Corporations to reach their goal of enhancing neighborhoods and combat community deterioration. This project was developed on the site of a vacant retail building and vacant home, and reinforces revival efforts along Forest Avenue. The design lends itself to the pedestrian feel of the Drake neighborhood and resembles rowhome architectural style with the segmented façade. The brick colors selected complement iconic buildings in the surrounding area while the fiber cement siding offers a lively pop of color.