We Support Franklin Junior High Project

Be there to support investing in Des Moines' future!!

Monday, June 24
4:30 p.m.
400 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines
Council Chambers

Japan America Society of Iowa (JASI), a Des Moines based non-profit, community friendly organization supports the vision of Franklin Jr. High to become a vibrant gathering place for the surrounding neighborhoods and beyond by re-using the existing campus in a manner that preserves history and creates a diverse community.

A newly renovated Franklin Jr. High would provide but not be limited to office spaces, class rooms, music practice studios, event venues, we believe that this project would provide neighbors a place to congregate, strengthen relationships, and develop a stronger community.  Within the 213,000 square foot building, JASI is visioning our future office, class room for our Japanese language learners, studio for our Taiko group rehearsals and classes, a large enough space to hold our historical Japanese Tea House, various event spaces and auditorium for our future events, cultural demonstrations and performances.  The Franklin Jr. High project plan is about bringing a community together, serving neighborhoods’ need for office, event and hotel space while preserving history and bringing a property tax revenue to the city of Des Moines.  

We hope that the Des Moines City Council will see this wonderful mixed-use vision as a place that unites the people in this neighborhood project as a positive addition to the city of Des Moines, and that the City Council would vote in favor of rezoning for our future.

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