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West Plex is set to provide modern downtownTama living

March 26, 2011
By John Speer, Editor •
TAMA NEWS-HERALD -Tama’s downtown may be heading toward the blend of retail, offices and apartments now being advanced in the counterpart downtown areas of big cities.

Just now on the rental market is West Plex- A four-unit apartment complex owned by River Ridge LLC and developed by Dan and Deb Wilkens.

The brand new apartments feature two bedrooms, an open kitchen-living room area and full baths. A give-away to modern is the abundance of tamper-proof outlets throughout all of the units along with built-in energy savings measures.

The apartments have been built in the former Harrison Furniture and Flowers building at 226 West 3rd. With the conversion of the building, there’s still furniture and flowers sold downtown. Maus Furniture opened in XYZ, across the street and Janet Buresh bought the flower shop portion of Harrison’s and relocated it to her to Total Touch Connections business down the street.

The new apartments each have 820 sq. ft. of living space. The modern kitchens have oak cabinets along with brand new Energy-Star rated appliances. There is a stainless steel double sink with a futuristic water tap set in the abundent counter space.

The master bedrooms measure 11 ft. x 14 ft. and have walk-in closets. In addition each apartment also features a second, 8 ft. x 10 ft. bedroom, completely new and modern baths with shower-tub combination and linen storage. All have washer-dryers.

Floors were coated with “Gyp Crete” , a gypsum floor underlayment, ”to self-level, for noise elimination and strength,” Dan Wilkens said. Commercial grade ceramic tile has been placed in hallways and living-kitchen areas. A fire alarm system is connected to all units.

There are ceiling fan-light fixtures in the living room areas and bedrooms. Each unit has added private storage space provided on the lower level of the building.

Dan Wilkens says insulation of the building was important. There’s 28 inches of insulation in the rear (south) walls, 14 inches in the north and 20 inches in the attic area. All of the units have a high-effiecency gas furnace and air conditioner.

The Wilkens are proud to have obtained almost all materials and work locally. Chris Simon Construction did much of the construction work. Bedrooms are fully-capeted in a job completed by Stein-Hrabak Floor Covering. Extensive new electrical service was compelted by KJ’s, Kirby and Joe Thiessen. Materials for the project were from Spahn and Rose Lumber and Hrabak Lumber. Appliances and heating and air conditioning was from Thomas Company. The Wilkens also credit K&M Sanitation for their diposal work in the early stages of the renovation of the building.

The Wilkens also purchased the downtown lot at the corners of West 3rd and Siegel from LSB Bank for parking.

Dan Wilkens said the vacant furiniture store property was originally purchased one and one-half years ago for a commercial venture which fell through. The Wilkens then decided to proceed with the apartments.

For apartment rental information call 641-750-1799.

Article Photos

Brand new kitchens with plenty of counter and shelf space are just some of the features of the new Werst Plex in dowentown Tama.
News-Herald/John Speer



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