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  • Kim Norvell
  • Mon May 23 2016
  • Posted May 23, 2016

Windsor Heights couldconvert an empty auto shop into a bustling hub for cyclists, complete with a restaurant,outdoor patio, locker rooms andbike repair station.

The former Sears Auto Center sits just west of the Wal-Mart on 73rd Street, at the nexus of theWalnut Creek and Clive Greenbelt trails.

That's where consultants recommend that the city build a trail hub.

"I’d love to see something like that.It'd be just wonderful,"saidDan Baldi, community bikeshop managerfor the Des Moines Bicycle Collective. "You'd have good trail access, and it would be a good place for families to go and enjoy the community."

Windsor Heights receiveda trail hub feasibility study last week that determined the city could support such a concept. Now, city leaders will explore funding options for the project.

Mayor Diana Willits said she hopes construction can begin next year.

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