Cadence Apartments Proposed

CadenceA new apartment project has been proposed for the Merle Hay Road redevelopment area north of NW 62nd Ave.  A site plan presented by Hubbell Realty Company shows that up to 90 apartment units would be created in Phase 1 of the project. The plan has been advanced by both the Johnston Planning & Zoning Commission and the Johnston City Council in recent meetings.

In other action final plats for Adam Ridge Plat 8 (apartments and clubhouse) and for West Prairie Townhomes Plat 2 have been approved.  More information about these projects has been posted in the Grow Johnston Library under Housing Projects.

Northwest Area Utility Studies

FutureWaterMainMapAt their meeting on November 17, 2014 the Johnston City Council received information about plans that could affect future development in the northwest area.  As a part of an adequacy study conducted by Foth Infrastructure and Environment – several long-term improvements which could extend water service to the area were identified including the construction of new water mains.

A map of the possible infrastructure improvements was included in the presentation.

One of the goals set by the City Council for 2014 was to conduct a cost/benefit analysis for extending public services to the northwest area.  Council members consented to plans for engaging Foth  to conduct a conceptual study for the extension of a water distribution system and sanitary sewer collection system to the northwest area.  Foth would also be asked to prepare an order of magnitude opinion of probable construction costs for the infrastructure.

The water adequacy report submitted by Foth concluded that the existing water supply capacity for Johnston is sufficient but lacks in redundancy.  Other conclusions include: some booster pumping capacity is deficient; existing storage volume is adequate overall – but not throughout the system; and the needed flow rates and pressures for fire protection are available – but recommended levels of flow duration are not.  Improvements to address these issues may be consider in the capital improvement plan.

Public Safety Leadership Seminar

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Join us for the Johnston Public Safety Leadership Seminar; November 20, 2014; 3:00 PM at the Johnston Public Safety Building; 6373 Merle Hay Road.  The event is free and open to the public.

Johnston Economic Development and the Johnston Chamber will team up with the Johnston Police Department for a leadership seminar on November 20th from 3-6 p.m. at the Johnston Public Safety Facility. Chief of Police Bill Vaughn will present along with co-presenters Dr. Phil Pitzen of FEMA and Jami Haberl, Executive Director of the Safeguard Iowa Partnership. Seminar topics will include: how businesses can become better prepared for disaster, disaster recovery planning, responding to hostile intruders in the workplace, an overview of the Johnston Police Departments Business Outreach Program and lastly a tour of the new Johnston Public Safety Facility. This event is open to the public. We hope you can join us for this valuable and informative seminar!



Johnston Trail Priorities


A seven member committee convened by the City of Johnston has been working over many months to review the plans for Johnston trails. Based on this review a list of 14 projects was created. Each member of the committee was asked to rank the list, and the priorities of the group were determined.  The highest ranking project is the trail connection between the current Middle School and the Johnston Public Library.  The ranking assigned to each project by the committee members is shown in priority listing.


American TV Update

Court documents filed in the State of Wisconsin indicate that Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa has made an offer to purchase the former American TV & Appliance location.  The offer amount is $5.9 million.

According to the documents the Receiver will continue to market the Iowa Real Estate until the hearing to approve the Real Estate Sale Motion is held.  The hearing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Central Time on November 24, 2014. The Receiver has retained the right to withdraw acceptance of the offer if, prior to the hearing, the Receiver is presented with an offer which is at least $200,000 higher than the offer made by Goodwill Industries.

The closing on the sale will occur within five business days after the Court enters an order approving the Real Estate Sale Motion.

New Johnston Logo Considered


The Johnston City Council is considering a new logo for the community.  The current design includes an updated Johnston script, accompanied by a graphic representation of a deciduous tree during the four seasons.  The intent would be to adjust the graphic throughout the year to correspond with each season.  Various tag lines may accompany the seasonal image, which in some cases could be animated.  One possible tag line is “Thrive.  Every Day.” – as illustrated below.

City staff will be gathering input from the community in the coming weeks.


Edencrest Groundbreaking Ceremony


City officials and representatives of Hubbell Realty held a groundbreaking ceremony for the planned Edencrest assisted living project on the afternoon of October 20, 2014.  The project will be located on Pioneer Parkway.  Rick Tollakson, Hubbell Realty Company President, Steve Niebuhr, Hubbell Senior Vice President, Mayor Paula Dierenfeld and others were present to make remarks.  Thanks to the Hubbell team for investing in Johnston! More information about the project has been posted in the Grow Johnston Library under Housing Projects.

Suburban Plumbing Supply


Hubbell Realty Company has proposed to construct a 14,000 square foot industrial Building on Lot 1 of Beaver Drive Business Park at 5780 NW Beaver Drive.  The occupant will be Suburban Plumbing Supply Companies Pipe Fabricators.  The facility will be located west of NW Beaver Drive, and east of a facility previously developed by Greedy Investments, LLC.  The Johnston Planning & Zoning Commission approved the site plan at their meeting on October 13, 2014.

Candidate Forum

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Please join the Johnston Chamber of Commerce, JEDCO and Grimes Chamber and Economic Development as we co-host a legislative candidate forum on Tuesday, October 14. The event will be held at the Grimes Community Center and is scheduled from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

The candidates from House District 39 are incumbent Jake Highfill (R) and Tom Leffler (D). This event is open to the public, please plan to attend.

Tour 2014 Is Here!

TourBusSeats are still available for the Annual Johnston/Grimes Economic Development Bus Tour on Wednesday, October 15th @ 3:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn about recent and proposed economic development activity in the communities of Grimes and Johnston. The tour is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be followed by a networking reception at 5:00 p.m. The tour will start and end at Regus in the Foxboro Square Business Center, located in Johnston at 6165 NW 86th Street. Space is limited. To reserve your seat, please call Kati at 515-564-6547 or e-mail