Property for Sale
Excess Land Overview

The City of Des Moines owns individual parcels of land and right-of-way, which are needed for a many municipal purposes, such as municipal buildings, streets, alleys, airport, parks, urban renewal and storm water management. When a parcel of land is no longer needed for municipal purposes, the City classifies the parcel as "Excess Land" and attempts to sell it. The sale of excess land provides an opportunity for the City to generate revenue from the sales price, as well as increasing the tax base. Future maintenance costs and liability are also eliminated when excess land is sold. Excess land sales are categorized as either "Project Related" or "Non-Project Related" for accounting and maintenance purposes.


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Commercial Zoned Land
AddressMore InformationComments
100 E 2nd AveReal Estate Division 
122 SW 16th St.Real Estate DivisionNext to W MLK Jr. Pkwy, Vacation Required.
12th St and Cherry StReal Estate DivisionClose to W MLK Jr Pkwy
132 Reigart St Real Estate Division 
1403 Harriett StReal Estate Division 
1422 Scott Ave.Real Estate DivisionClose to E MLK Jr Pkwy
401 Raccoon StReal Estate DivisionNext to E MLK Jr Pkwy, Vacation Required
4315 SE 14th STReal Estate DivisionRezoning Required
610 Dickman RdReal Estate DivisionWest end of old Fort Des Moines
E MLK Jr Pkwy Southside SE 10th to SE 12thReal Estate DivisionRezoning Required
Maury Street, 1600 BlockReal Estate Division 
NE Corner of E MLK Jr Pkwy and SE 7thReal Estate DivisionRezoning and Vacation Required
NW Corner of E MLK Jr Pkwy and SE 10thReal Estate DivisionRezoning and Vacation Required
NW Corner of SE 1st and Indianola AveReal Estate DivisionVacation Required
SE Corner of Dunham Ave and Indianola AveReal Estate Division 
SW Leland Ave and SW 63rd StReal Estate DivisionHwy. 28
Residential Zoned Land
AddressMore InformationComments
2288 Saylor RdReal Estate DivisionNW corner of Guthrie Av and Saylor Rd, Vacation Required
3115 McKinley AvReal Estate DivisionNorth of Airport, Rezoning Required
3225 McKinley AvReal Estate DivisionNorth of Airport, Rezoning Required
3901 SW 42nd St.Real Estate Division 
915 College Ave.Real Estate Division 
E 18th St and Easton AvReal Estate Division 
Alley and Street Right-of-Way

Complete the Right-of-Way Request Form to initiate a request for vacation and conveyance of alley or street right-of-way.

Requests for the vacation and conveyance of alley and street right-of-way are reviewed by the City staff and the requests are presented to the City's Plan and Zoning Commission and City Council for approval or denial. If the request is approved by the City Council, then the Real Estate Division completes the conveyance process. If an alley or street right-of-way has already gone through this process and is vacated by ordinance, then you only need to submit your request to the Real Estate Division for consideration by sending an email to Residential zoned rights-of-way are sold at nominal value and Commercial zoned rights-of-way are sold at fair market value.

For further information about the sales process, email your questions to or call (515) 283-4561.

Urban Renewal Business Parks

The City's Office of Economic Development markets and negotiates the sale of City-owned land located in the City's urban renewal business parks. Several City-owned parcels are currently available for sale for commercial development, subject to certain terms and conditions.
Click here for contact and general information about the location and availability of these parcels.