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Fleming Building is occupied

Posted July 24, 2013 in Downtown, Community Web Exclusives

The Fleming Building celebrated a milestone on July 18th.  In less than two months since opening the doors for apartment rentals, the Fleming Building is 100% leased.  The building offers apartment rentals ranging from studio units that have the most great room space in the city to spacious two bedroom units with spectacular urban views.

The Fleming Building, located at 218 Sixth Avenue is in the heart of the downtown. Built in 1909, the 11-story structure was designed by Daniel Burnham, a world-renowned American architect of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Owners, Mike Nelson and BJ Baker, with the help of Nelson Construction have transformed a historic, century-old downtown office building into a revitalized mixed-use structure that will add 5,000 square-feet of retail space on Walnut Street and 95 residential units to downtown Des Moines. The project will benefit the metro area as a whole, but will be especially helpful in strengthening the downtown, an important plus for Des Moines because a strong downtown is essential to the success of any community.


Mike Nelson started Nelson Construction Services and Development in 1999 as an affordable design / build solution.  Providing clients with a single point of contact throughout the design and construction process has proven to be an effective delivery method that yields high client satisfaction.

The firm brings together the talent and expertise of some of the region’s best construction and real estate development professionals in the market. Nelson has a staff of over fifteen professionals who all play an intricate role in the development and construction process. The team has decades of collective experience and draws on that experience for each project they undertake.


BJ Baker III is the Chairman and CEO of Baker Group, a specialty design/build contractor with over 400 employees and providing critical building infrastructure systems. For nearly 50 years they have been the contractor of choice for clients who expect the best when it comes to designing, installing and servicing mechanical, HVAC, plumbing, piping, sheet metal, building automation, access control, security cameras, parking revenue control and fire alarm systems.

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