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

Featured Area: Chambery Point

ChamberyPointSiteTwo new commercial buildings are being planned for Chambery Boulevard west of 86th Street.  Site plans pending approval from the Johnston City Council show a building positioned on the western portion of the site which consists of 65% retail (6,500 sq. ft.) and 35% restaurant (3,210 sq. ft.). The east building would be a restaurant (3,900 sq. ft.).

For more information about the project contact Jeff Stanbrough and Newblood Investment.

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Public Safety Building Open House

An open house for the new Johnston Public Safety Building is planned for Saturday, August 9th from 10 AM to 2 PM. The new 46,000 square foot Public Safety Building will house both the Johnston Police Department and Station 39 for the Johnston Fire Department. The facility is designed to serve the city’s public safety needs for the next 20 years and beyond. Located at 6373 Merle Hay Road, the building is just two blocks north of City Hall and four blocks south of the Johnston Library.

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Johnston Jazz In July – July 20

The Betsy Hickok Quartet will headline this year’s Metro Arts Jazz in July in Johnston, scheduled for Sunday, July 20 from 6–8 PM on the grounds of Johnston Commons, located near the Johnston Public Library. The event is free and open to everyone. Food and drinks will be available at the event, and you are welcome to bring your own. Hear a sample of the Betsy Hickok Quartet at the City of Johnston web site.

Development Guide RFQ

GuideThe City of Johnston has posted a Request For Qualifications seeking proposals for the development of publication of a new community Economic Development Guide.

The proposed publication is intended to help showcase areas of the city to attract new retail, restaurants, convention hotel, luxury townhomes and/or or an office park.  The Merle Hay Gateway area is expected to be one of the areas featured. For more information, download the RFQ. Interested firms are required to respond no later than 1:00 PM on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Marketing Communications Specialist

Enterprise Iowa/MidAmerica, which provides management services for JEDCO and the Johnston Chamber has posted a new position.  The position is a Communications and Marketing Specialist. See the full position description for more information.

Individuals who are interested in the position should forward a cover letter and resume to Enterprise Iowa, 8711 Windsor Parkway, Suite 2, Johnston, IA 50131. Applicants may also submit information via e-mail to pdunshee@enterpriseiowa.com.

NW Saylorville Drive Study

NWSaylorvilleDrOne of the top 2014 priorities identified by the City Council earlier this year was to conduct a cost/benefit analysis of extending services to the areas north and west of Johnston. In a recent update to the City Council it was noted that a request for such a study had been received from Knapp Properties. Staff reported to the Council that Foth had been asked to provide an estimated cost for a study of the water /sewer needs for the area.  Information derived from the study would provide the basis for a cost/benefit analysis. Funding for the study has not yet been identified.

Updates about other 2014 Council priorities can be found in the June 2, 2014 staff report.

Indoor Shooting Sports

City of Johnston officials have completed the zoning and ordinance changes which are necessary to consider a developer’s request to create a new indoor shooting range facility in an established commercial area on Johnston Drive. The Board of Adjustment recently granted a Special Use Permit for the proposed facility, and the City Council has revised and clarified ordinances relating to Public Health and Safety and Special User Permits which will ensure that the facility operates within City guidelines.

IndoorRangeSiteIf development proceeds it could help maintain momentum for new development in the Merle Hay Road Gateway area. While the long-term plan (20+ years) calls for the development of a housing village in the area, the proposed shooting range would allow continued use of the structure until the property is ready for redevelopment.

NW Beaver Drive Trail Update

NWBeaverDriveTrail-Phase1Overview-mThe Johnston City Council has awarded the contract for Phase I of the NW Beaver Drive Trail project to MPS Engineers for a bid of $1,460,489.  Phase 1 of the project will result in the construction of a two-mile length of trail from NW 63rd Court to Eagle Crest Drive.  For more information about the NW Beaver Drive Trail project, visit the City of Johnston web site.

Edencrest Assisted Living

The site plan and development agreement for the proposed Edencrest Assisted Living facility has been approved by the Johnston City Council. The proposed facility will have approximately 64 assisted living units with 72 beds.

Under the development agreement only the following uses within the R-3 Medium Density Multiple Family Residential District will be permitted:

  • Group Care Facility (nine or more individuals)
  • Nursing and Convalescent Home
  • Assisted Living Facility
  • Other uses that are consistent by type of use, use intensity, physical characteristics, style, size, and purpose with the uses listed above.

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Developing Terra Park

TLmPhase 1 construction has started including earthwork, lake construction and the associated installation of storm sewer utilities and a groundwater well.  These activities are being financed with City resources.  Other amenities such as a civic shelter, picnic shelters, restrooms, play structures and enhancements to Crown Point may not yet have an identified funding source.

Johnston officials are discussing alternatives for raising funds to help develop the amenities that may be constructed in the area now known as Terra Park.  Consideration is being given to inviting organizations to financially support the project in exchange for naming rights to certain features including the park, lake and the community center.  For more information about the project, visit the City of Johnston web page about Terra Lake Improvements.