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Building Renovation Hard For Residents

DES MOINES (AP) -- The renovation of a downtown Des Moines building will mean about 100 low-income people will have to move and three businesses must relocate.

The Des Moines Register reports the planned $16.5 million renovation of the Randolph Hotel promises to add new housing and business space in the city's bustling Court Avenue district.

But it also will create difficulty for the low-income people who live in the nine-story hotel built in 1911. Many rent by the week or the month.

Developer Sherman Associates will present a relocation plan for residents to city officials. The developer won't help the businesses, which consist of a tattoo parlor, bail bond operation and a convenience store.

Sherman is requesting city assistance in financing the project. The company hopes to being construction this winter.

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