SingleSpeed Plans Expansive Patio and Outdoor Space at Des Moines Brewery
Project owners SingleSpeed Brewing Co. location in Des Moines I hope to create a park-like atmosphere amidst the industrial “sea of concrete” that is to be converted into the Market District, INVISION Architecture’s Maggie Watkins told the city’s Urban Design Review Board on Tuesday.
The Waterloo-based brewery has won preliminary council approval for its adaptive reuse of a former tire store at 303 Scott Ave. on the east bank of the Des Moines River. The opening is scheduled for the summer of 2023.
Developer Jake Christensen said SingleSpeed hopes to capitalize on the adjacent John Pat Dorrian cycle and pedestrian path, has planned changes to the Scott Avenue Dam as part of the ICON Water Trails Project and its proximity to the Principal Park.
The old Earl’s Tire & Service Center is at the southwestern end of the 260 acre market district site, which city leaders envision as a densely populated urban neighborhood south of the East Village, with offices, retail and entertainment as well as housing.
Christensen told the board that the improvements SingleSpeed plans to undertake, including expansive outdoor seating, green spaces and play areas, are inspired by the location. The presentation of the brewery included several new interpretations of artists.
“We think it’s a perfect place to activate the rest of the area,” Christensen said. “Outdoor seating and connectivity (to those amenities) should really drive a lot of traffic that’s not currently taking advantage of that part of the river.”
Watkins said the team’s biggest challenge is renovating the building’s 9,500-square-foot interior, which has been expanded three times in its 100-year history.
SingleSpeed plans a large brewery with a two-way bar accessible from inside and outside, garage-style doors that open in good weather, a traditional dining area, kitchen and brewhouse . Owner Dave Morgan previously told the Des Moines Register that he plans to offer a full menu, similar to what’s available at SingleSpeed’s Waterloo location, and a five-barrel brewery system for specific beers. in Des Moines.
Beer brewed on site will be served there; although Single Speed beers are available at Metro Des Moines retailers, no distribution is planned from the Des Moines location.
The Des Moines City Council in May approved preliminary terms of a development agreement with SingleSpeed that would provide $950,000 in tax increment funding for the $5.4 million renovation.
Des Moines officials hope the SingleSpeed project will lead to further developments in the area.
“We’re trading a tire store for a really great place to hang out,” said Urban Design Review Board member Vince Ward.