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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 Update

No, this is not a new MidAmerican Energy substation project.  ChamberyphotoBut this photo does show that earth is being moved for the new Chambery Point project!  Two new commercial buildings are being planned for Chambery Boulevard west of 86th Street.  Site plans 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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Development Guide Update

GuideThe City of Johnston has selected Business Publications (Business Record) for the 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. In conjunction with the preparation of a new development guide, the City is exploring options for a new logo.  More information about this discussion should be available in late August or early September.

P&Z Housing Projects Reviewed

Two housing projects are on the agenda for the Johnston Planning and Zoning Commission meeting scheduled for August 11, 2014.


A final plat for Chesterfield Heights, subdividing 22.16 acres into thirty-three (33) single-family lots will be reviewed. The property is located north of NW 78th A venue and approximately 1,350 feet west of NW 10oth Street.



AdamRidgeMapA site plan and preliminary plat for the construction of seven, 24-unit multi-family apartment buildings on Lots 1 and 2 of Adam Ridge Plat 3 will also be reviewed. The property is located south of NW 62nd Avenue between NW 103rd Street and NW 106th Street

For more information about each project, visit the Grow Johnston Housing Projects library here.

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.


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.

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.