Drake University will convert the Holiday Inn Express into a dormitory

Photo courtesy of Polk County Assessor

Drake University will turn the former Holiday Inn Express hotel into a college dorm, according to plans which will be considered June 27 by the Des Moines City Council.

Catch up fast: The two-story hotel at 1140 24th St. is adjacent to the university’s legal clinic and the Drake Diner. It has been owned and leased by the school for over 25 years.

What is happening: Drake asks DSM to modify a concept plan to allow the conversion of the hotel. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted 11-0 in May in favor of the bid.

  • If approved by city council, the hotel will be renamed “Campus Suites at Dogtown” and become student housing before the start of the next academic year, Ryan Arnold, director of community engagement at Axios, told Axios on Tuesday. Drake.

To note: Drake is separately exploring a concept to sell some of his other student accommodation, including the Norman and McCoy apartment buildings, says Arnold.

  • Ross Hallwhich has more than $6 million in deferred maintenance, could also be sold, he said.
A photo of the Norman Apartment building in Des Moines.
The Norman Apartment Building may be sold under plans being considered by Drake University. Photo courtesy of Polk County Assessor


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