Out of all of the living options at Gray’s Station, there is one that stands out – literally. Linc at Gray’s Station is the first building under construction on site and it’s hard to miss as you drive down Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Parkway. Linc will actually occur in two phases: Phase I is underway and Phase II will begin later this year.
Linc is literal in its name. It is a link from downtown Des Moines to the Gray’s Station neighborhood and its southern amenities. The $48 million project really kick-starts the 75-acre community. Linc will be a modern apartment community that will have 227 units, each sporting a private balcony and various floorplans. Let’s break it down:
Linc’s entryway and community rooms will face downtown Des Moines. The first floor of the building along MLK Jr. Parkway will be home to commercial and retail space. While Hubbell is still working on securing leasing opportunities, the hope is to bring in a retail vendor and possibly a large food court concept with a variety of restaurant choices and plenty of patio seating. The units located along SW 11th will have walk-up units, just like the front doors you see at Verve and Velocity in the Bridge District downtown.
The floorplans will range from one-, two- and two-plus-den-bedroom plans with higher end finishes in the open concept kitchens. There will also be plenty of community amenities within Linc including a business office, community gathering room with views of downtown and a gym.
Outside of Linc
Linc’s outdoor community spaces will be a top-notch addition to people renting at Gray’s Station. Linc will have an indoor-outdoor community room built strictly from shipping containers. These containers were moved from MLK and 19th Street in Des Moines and have murals painted by local artist Ben Schuh. The community room will connect to Linc’s pool and on the other side, a dog park. There will also be plenty of on-site parking, outdoors and covered options, at Linc as well.
One of the best amenities in this community is no doubt downtown Des Moines. By end of summer 2019, Gray’s Station will also have a direct connection to downtown, Gray’s Lake and Central Iowa’s bike trail system. This includes a pedestrian bridge connection over the Raccoon River, which is currently underway.