Row house move is small part of Capitol grand plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A tiny two-story red brick row house that sat nestled in the shadows of the grand Iowa Capitol for nearly 120 years will soon move a few blocks further west and get new life as a restaurant.

The row house will move 2½ blocks at midnight Wednesday to the East Village where it will become a restaurant.

The state wants it moved to open additional space for the West Capitol Terrace, a park that designers envision will eventually encompass 10 acres from the Capitol into the East Village business district. It’s just one segment of an expansive multi-decade plan to reshape every side of the Capitol by removing concrete parking lots and installing walkways and gardens.

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