Two Des Moines-area malls have lost their bid stop construction of a mall in West Des Moines. A few West Des Moines taxpayers and the owners of Merle Hay and Valley West Malls sued the city of West Des Moines over the deal. A few years ago, the City promised to develop over a thousand acres of land, installing sewers, roads and water mains, and declare it an urban renewal zone. That move essentially grants tax breaks to new property owners who move into the area. After the decision was final, the City disclosed a proposed Jordan Creek shopping mall would be built on the site. In the suit, the protesting parties argued huge tax breaks shouldn’t be given for private enterprise, especially since it wasn’t initially disclosed that the tax breaks were for a shopping mall. The state’s Supreme Court has rejected that argument, clearing the way for construction of the mall.
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