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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.

Johnson Brothers Land
6600 Merle Hay Road

Johnson Brothers land

CBRE | Hubbell Commercial is offering 8.93 acres. The property is located on Merle Hay Road in Johnston near Johnson Brothers of Iowa (formerly Maurices). This site is an excellent redevelopment opportunity, zoned mixed use, and it is only 2.5 miles from I-80/35. For more information on this site contact Morey Knutsen, SIOR at 515-221-6673 or E-Mail morey.knutsen@cbre-hubbell.com. To view a print brochure with more information on Maurices Excess Land click here!

The Gardens Apartments Plat 1 – Final Plat

The Gardens Apartments

The development of Apartment projects near Merle Hay Road continues with the approval of the Final Plat for The Gardens Apartments Plat 1. At their meeting on July 13, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan for the construction of 72 apartment units over 5.93 acres located east of Merle Hay Road and North of NW 57th Avenue.

Lot one of the property has access to NW 57th Avenue and a signalized access to Merle Hay Road. Lot two of the property has access to NW 57th Avenue and a secondary access to the signalized intersection at Merle Hay Road.

Click the link below for more details on this project!

Zoning Map Amendment – NW 100th & NW 70th


At their meeting on July 13 the Planning and Zoning Commission approved an amendment to the Official Zoning Map for 4.48 acres from R-1, Single Family Residential District to C-1, Neighborhood Commercial District. The rezoning was requested by a property owner at 6995 NW 100th Street. The property is located at the southeast corner of NW 100th Street and NW 70th Avenue.

The Council initiated a rezoning of the property in 2011 from R-1 to C-2. However, the request was denied. The Commission recommended at that time that the applicant pursue a more restrictive commercial zoning.

Recent developments along the NW 100th Street corridor (such as the construction of the new Johnston High School) and proposed improvements to NW 100th and NW 70th Avenue gave the Commission cause to reconsider the rezoning request.

To view more information on this zoning amendment view the link below.

Interchange Justification Report for Rider Corner

Interchange Justification report

A draft Interchange Justification Report for I-35/I-80 and Iowa Highway 141 (Rider Corner) is now available for review. Future plans for the Rider Corner interchange are of interest to the citizens of Johnston, Grimes and Urbandale. The interchange plans include the addition of an interchange at Northwest 100th Street.

The Iowa DOT has worked with HR Green, a Johnston based company and JEDCO Member to complete environmental documentation and the Interchange Justification Report for the Rider Corner projects. The Iowa DOT held a public meeting in May to receive public comment on the proposed alternatives. The Interchange Justification Report identifies Alternative 2 as the preferred option for the project. According to the DOT this alternative best met the operational goals for the 2040 forecasted traffic and provided additional safety benefits to the system.

Alternative 2 includes adding a flyover ramp from northbound I-35/80 to northbound Iowa 141, removing the loop ramps at the I-35/I-80 and Iowa 141 interchange, and adding a half diamond interchange at Meredith Drive. In addition a full diamond interchange would be included at Northwest 100th Street. These Interstate improvements must be approved by the Federal Highway Administration. We will provide you with more information on this project as it becomes available.

To review a draft copy of the Interchange Justification Report visit the Iowa DOT web site.

Johnston Commons Brownstones 3


The number of townhomes in Johnston continues to grow. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the Preliminary Plat and Site Plan for Johnston Commons Brownstones 3 at their meeting on July 13. Prior to this year the land was zoned C-2, Community Retail Commercial District. In January of 2015 the PUD was amended to allow for C-2, Community Retail Commercial District  and R-4, Multi-Family Residential use.

The project will subdivide 1.93 acres into 19 multi-family townhomes and an outlot. The property is located south of NW 70th Avenue, and west of Northglenn Drive. The Johnston City Council is scheduled to review the plans at their meeting on July 20, 2015.

For more information on this project view the link below.



Free Tax Webinar


The Iowa Department of Revenue has partnered with the Center for Business Growth and Innovation at the University of Northern Iowa to provide free tax webinars to small business owners on IASourceLink.

A free online webinar on sales and use tax for Iowa businesses is scheduled for July 22nd and will provide information on Iowa Sales and use tax, and cover local option sales tax.

The presenter for the webinars is Terry O’Neill a Taxpayer Service Specialist with the Iowa Department of Revenue. Attendees can register for the webinar which is scheduled from noon to 1:00 PM. For more information on the webinars or to register, please visit www.IowaTaxWebinars.com.


Crosshaven Plat 6


At their meeting on June 29th the Johnston Planning and Zoning Commission considered and approved items related to the Final Plat for Crosshaven Plat 6. Hubbell Realty Company is proposing to subdivide 28.28 acres into 47 single family lots and two outlots. The property is located east of 100th Street and north of Valley Parkway. The subject property is zoned within the Crosshaven Planned Unit Development (PUD).

The Preliminary Plat for the subdivision was approved by the City Council in December of 2008. An amended Preliminary Plat adjusting lot lines and street configurations was approved on May 5, 2014. Construction Plans for Plat 6 were approved by the City Council on April 6, 2015.

Lithia VW Building Addition

VW Addition

At their meeting on June 29, the Planning and Zoning Commission considered and approved the architectural elevations for a VW building addition planned by Lithia. The project will add 2,300 square feet to the existing north building. The property is located west of Merle Hay Road in the south Merle Hay Road Corridor Gateway.

The site plan for the addition was approved by the City Council in October of 2013, however, architectural elevations were not available for this part of the project at the time of approval. At the time, the site plan approval was conditioned on the subsequent review and approval of those elevations prior to issuance of a building permit.

Thank you Lithia for continuing to invest in Johnston!

Fareway to Build In Johnston

FarewayJohnston residents may soon have an additional choice for grocery shopping. Fareway Inc. has proposed to build a 29,735 food store on the northeast corner of Merle Hay Road and NW 60th Avenue. The Johnston Planning and Zoning Commission considered and approved the site plan for the grocery store during their meeting on June 29th. In addition to site plans a preliminary plat has been submitted that would subdivide the existing 4.604 Acre lot 1 of Kevin Place Plat 4 and two adjacent parcels into two lots.

A traffic study was previously conducted by Foth Infrastructure and Environment in 2007. The traffic study has been updated, and the study concluded that more daily trips will be added to the surrounding road network. The additional traffic generated in the AM peak hours is less than the additional traffic generated in PM peak hours. The intersection of NW 60th Avenue and Merle Hay Road is still expected to maintain the current level of service without the need for a signal, however it will continue to be monitored in the future.

In addition to the traffic studies a portion of the pedestrian trail from Lawson Elementary Trail to the Inter/Urban trail east of Van Dees was considered. As part of the City’s NW 60th Avenue improvements, this section of trail will need to be replaced. During preliminary design of those improvements it was determined that relocating the trail to the south side of NW 60th Avenue, with a midblock crossing would be safer than reconstruction on the north side of NW 60th Avenue. This alignment would eliminate the existing mid-block crossing which is located close to Merle Hay Road. The Johnston City Council will consider the Site Plan and Preliminary plat at their meeting on July 6th.

Terra Lake Phase 2


At their meeting on June 15, 2015 the Johnston City Council rejected all bids for Phase 2 of the Terra Lake project. Bids for phase 2 of the project were received on June 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. It was discovered that the lowest bid received was 69% above the engineer’s estimate. Currently, potential contractors are extremely busy and availability to complete the project is limited. Construction was expected to begin July 1 and finish by December of 2015. City officials are unsure how long it will be until the project is completed.

Phase two of the project was to include the construction of a civic shelter and plaza, a trail connection and a fishing pier. Plans to reconstruct the Crown Point Community Center Parking lot were also a part of phase two. The City will consider what items can be moved to a later construction date. The City hopes to open bids for the project again in August or September.

Northwood Trail

Northwood Trail groundwork

At their meeting on Monday, June 8th the Johnston Planning and Zoning Commission considered and approved the Final Plat for Northwood Trail Plat 1 subdividing 9.25 acres into 32 single family detached townhome lots served by private streets and utilities. The property is located east of NW 70th Avenue and east of Peckham Street.

The City Council approved the preliminary plat and site plans for Northwood Home Association on February 17, 2015. The current site plan and preliminary plat are identical to the previous approval except for a decrease in density from 40 units to 32.

Take a drive along NW 70th to view the progress on this project!