Welcome to the Johnston Economic Development Corporation

Johnston Economic Development Corporation
Our mission is to foster economic growth and opportunity in the Johnston community and in the Greater Des Moines region.

Knapp Properties is offering four commercial lots listed at West Park Office Plaza Plat 3. The property is located in Johnston on the northeast corner of NW 100th and NW 54th. Lot 3 includes 1.48 acres, lot 4 includes 1.5 acres, lot 5 includes 1.19 acres and lot 6 includes 1.45 acres. The land is zoned PUD, Lighting Industrial District. The price is $3 per square foot. For more information on these commercial lots contact Ben Garret at (515) 401-7071 or Brian Erickson, CCIM at (515) 202-5035. Click here to view a print brochure with more information on West Park Office Plaza.

Merle Hay Road Gateway Environmental Services Study


Improvements to the Merle Hay Road Gateway area have been highly anticipated by many Johnston residents. In order to make the area more attractive for development the wooded area east of Merle Hay and adjacent to Beaver Creek could be selectively thinned and groomed to open up visibility from the Interstate.  Before such work can proceed additional environmental assessments will be needed with respect to the wetlands and habitat.

At their meeting on May 18th the Johnston City Council authorized an environmental assessment including a wetland delineation study and an acoustic bat survey to determine if protected bats are inhabiting the area.  An agreement for professional services with Foth Infrastructure and Environment for the assessment work was approved.

The City of Johnston is communicating with various regulatory agencies about potential improvements to the greenbelt area between the redevelopment sites and I-35/80. Discussions have been held with the US Army Corp of Engineers, Iowa DOT, US Fish and Wildlife, and the Iowa DNR, and the study results will be shared with them. A survey of all trees over 6 inches in diameter in the area has already been completed.

For more information about this study follow the link below.


Windsor Office Park Zoning Map Amendment

Windsor Office Park

At their meeting on May 11th the Planning and Zoning Commission considered and did not approve an amendment to the Johnston 2030 Comprehensive Plan with respect to a site consisting of 7.92 acres and located north of Windsor Parkway and West of NW 90th Street. The amendment would have changed the current site from “Office Park” to “High Density Residential” land use.

The applicant Premier Development, L.L.C had submitted a request to amend the plan and to rezone lots 12-15 of Windsor Office Park Plat 1 to allow for R-4, multiple-family residential uses at a density of 24 units per acre. The site is currently zoned Planned Unit Development, known as Windsor Office Park PUD which allows uses of the PC, Professional Commerce Park District with upper-story residential uses.

Many neighboring residents signed a petition and appeared before the Commission to object to the proposal.  The Commission considered the proposal and comments from the area residents, and opted to keep the focus for this area on commercial development at this time.

Follow the link below for more information on the Windsor Office Park Zoning Map Amendment.

Windsor Office Park – Zoning Map Amendment

Cadence Apartments

Cadence Rendering


At their meeting on Monday, May 4th the Johnston City Council approved the final plat for Cadence Apartments. The plat will combine five existing lots into one to allow for the development of the 92 unit apartment complex. The apartments will be located West of Merle Hay Road and north of a future segment of NW 63rd Place.

The structures that once stood on the five  lots have been removed to make room for the three 3- story buildings, which will have an urban design and will be different than anything available in the current Iowa market.

Recently the Johnston City Council determined that the Cadence Apartment project meets tax increment financing requirements for the East/Central Urban Renewal Area and the goals established for the Merle Hay Road Redevelopment Plan. The developers will receive a property tax rebate of 70 percent of the incremental taxes for five years, up to a maximum of $1,356,000. Once the project is complete that city estimates that project will have a new taxable valuation of approximately $21 million, compared to the current valuation of $909,000.

In addition to the new apartment complex there will be some road improvements in the area. NW 63rd Place will be extended between NW 59th Court and Merle Hay Road between Created in Johnston and the new apartment complex.


Windsor Office Park PUD Amendment


At their meeting on Monday, May 4th the Johnston City Council considered and approved a Resolution proposed by Jennx Inc. to amend the Windsor Office Park PUD  to allow the opportunity to better connect the future development with the adjacent park site by reducing the southern side yard setback from 50 feet to 20 feet of lot 21.

This property was part of an approximately 80 acre site, located west of NW 86th Street and South of Windsor Drive. This PUD was amended via Ordinance 724 in October of 2005 to allow limited retail and second story residential uses. The Johnston 2030 Land Use Plan reclassified the property as Business Park/Office. There are currently no known project plans for this site, but the change may be an indicator of future activity.

Birchwood Crossing Traffic Study


At their meeting on May 11th, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a PUD amendment to Birchwood Crossing to amend allowed uses and signage to Parcel D of the PUD Master Plan. The PUD amendment will allow for the construction of an approximately 25,000 square foot building which would be home to Bison Motorcycle and apparel, the authorized Indian Motorcycle dealer for the Des Moines metro area.

Due to the proposed project the City of Johnston requested an updated traffic impact study to analyze the traffic impact on NW 86th Street at Birchwood Court and NW 54th Avenue. The provisions of an additional access route from Birchwood Court to NW 54th Avenue & Foxboro Road was also analyzed.

Based on the Traffic Study Foth provided the following improvement recommendations. The first recommendation includes extending Birchwood Court to NW 54th Avenue and Foxboro Road. With this connection, traffic circulation within the study will allow the intersection of NW 86th Street & Birchwood Court to function at an acceptable Level of Service. The second recommendation is to align the extension on Birchwood Court to NW 54th Avenue with Foxboro Road. The traffic circulation shown within this study is centered upon this alignment.

Follow the link below for more information on the Birchwood Crossing Traffic Study.
Birchwood Traffic Study


Rider Corner Interchange Meeting

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The Iowa DOT held a Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, May 5th at the Giovannetti Community Shelter in Urbandale to discuss the proposed improvements at the Interstate 35/80 and Iowa 141 interchange (Rider Corner) in Polk County. The meeting was an open forum and DOT Staff was present to answer any questions about the five different alternatives which were posted for attendees to review. The DOT asked attendees to provide comments on the project purpose, needs or alternatives presented by filling out a comment form at the meeting.

Ross Harris, JEDCO Vice President, is leading a team of HR Green’s environmental specialists to complete environmental documentation for the Rider Corner and NW 100th Street Interchange projects. HR Green is also completing the Interchange Justification Report for the project. The IJR and NEPA studies are required by the Federal Highway Administration to change access on I-35 and I-80. The IJR includes coordination between the FHWA, Iowa DOT, local and metropolitan officials, and the public at large. A decision on the preferred build alternative is expected in July of 2015.

If you were unable to attend the meeting you can still review the different alternatives and provide comment on the DOT Website. The deadline for comment is May 18th.

Indian Motorcycle Dealer – Birchwood Crossing PUD


At their meeting on Monday, April 20th the Johnston City Council considered initiating a PUD Amendment to Parcel D of the Birchwood Crossing PUD to allow motorcycle sales and service and to further allow interstate oriented signs for their proposed project. The property for this project is located north of Interstate 35/80 and east of NW 86th Street. The amendment to the PUD would allow for the construction of a +/- 25,000 square foot building on approximately 5 acres which would be home to Bison Motorcycle and apparel, the authorized Indian Motorcycle dealer for the Des Moines metro area. The City Council referred this request to the Planning and Zoning Commission for their review and Recommendation at their meeting on Monday, May 11th.

Audi Des Moines New Showroom


JEDCO Member Lithia Motors, Inc. hosted the May DSM Magazine unveiling at their newly expanded Audi Des Moines showroom in Johnston on Tuesday, April 28th. The unveiling event drew a large crowd and allowed members of both the Johnston and Greater Des Moines Communities to admire the new 17,650 square foot facility. The space includes a showroom, offices and a service department.

Congratulations Anthony Gladney and the Lithia/DSM teams for a great event!

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Rider Corner Interchange Information Meeting May 5

Rider Corner

A public information meeting will be held to discuss the proposed improvements at the Interstate 35/80 and Iowa 141 interchange in Polk County. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 5th from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at Giovannetti Community Shelter in Walker Johnston Park located at 8900 Douglas Avenue in Urbandale. All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting to discuss the proposed improvements to the interchange.

The meeting will be an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the improvements and no formal presentation will be made. More information will be posted as it becomes available at the Iowa DOT website.