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.

Featured Area: Johnston Station Outlot

JS-Outlot-TNOur new featured property is an outlot located at Johnston Station on Merle Hay Road. The lot is immediately west of Johnston Station.  Neighboring businesses include Grinnell State Bank, HR Green, and more.  The lot is .89 acres, and it is available for ground lease at $1.68 per square foot per year, or it is available as build to suit.

Johnston Station also has space available for lease.  Download this Johnston Station brochure for details.


Contact Darcy Gill with Denny Elwell Company for more information!

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American TV Site Now In Play

American1The liquidation of merchandise is nearly complete and the marketing of the American TV & Appliance building and site is now active.  The sale of the facility by the receiver to a developer (Clark Street Development based in Chicago) is nearly complete.  Due diligence by the developer is underway, and they are actively reaching out to prospective buyers or tenants.

If you are aware of a business seeking a great location near the 86th Street interchange with I-80/35, please share this information with them. Contact Fritz Duda, with Clark Street Development, (313) 377-9106 or fduda@clarkstreet.com. Or contact Kyle  A. Gamble, CBRE | Hubbell Commercial, (515) 280-2019 or kyle.gamble@cbre.com.

A tour of the facility with the Clark Street Development team was held the morning of April 10, 2014, and as illustrated in the accompanying photos most, but not all of the merchandise, has been moved.American2

2014 Johnston Development Forum

You are invited!  The next two years are shaping up to be an active period for road improvements and infrastructure in Johnston:  100th Street, NW 62nd Ave., NW 70th Ave., Beaver Drive, and the East Side Infrastructure project are all on the drawing board.  Not to mention a new high school and the completion of a new public safety facility.  There is one place to learn the latest about all of these projects:  the annual Johnston Economic Development Forum on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the Carver Center, DuPont Pioneer in Johnston.  Our featured speaker this year will be Paul Trombino, Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Director TrombinoThe agenda will also include an update on plans for a new YMCA in northwest Polk County, and a review of other current and future development projects by the City of Johnston.  The event will begin at 4:30 PM, and it will be followed by a networking reception.

Please plan to attend!  RSVP to pdunshee@growjohnston.com or call 564-6547.

Johnston Leadership Series Update

City-JohnstonLeadership1The Johnston Leadership Series continued on March 12, 2014 with a focus on city government.  City Administrator Jim Sanders led an informative discussion about the operations of the City of Johnston, and participants also engaged in a case study discussion about the Merle Hay Road Gateway redevelopment project.  The pros and cons of various development strategies and options were explored, including a discussion of priorities for the investment of public resources in the area.  Thanks to Mayor Paula Dierenfeld and Councilman Tom Cope for contributing to the discussion.  And special thanks to our class participants:  Rachel Myers, John Pietila, Jason Kerndt, Mike Ginther, Jared Weiss, Bill O’Connell, Mike Marlow, Sharm Sisler, Emily Price, and Heather Goodwin.

Please join us at the next session of the Johnston Leadership Series.

2014 Johnston Business Directory Published

Johnston Business DirectoryThe 2014 edition of the Johnston Chamber Directory and Community Guide was unveiled at the Johnston Chamber annual dinner on February 13.  The Directory will be distributed to Johnston residents, and it will be used as a resource for new residents and businesses in Johnston.  Be sure to turn to page 18 for the Economic Development section which features the Merle Hay Road Gateway project.

NW Area Development Information Meeting – February 6

Update.  A summary of this informational meeting has been published.

The City of Johnston hosted a meeting to present information about future land uses and infrastructure along NW 107th Street between NW 70th and NW 78th Avenues.  The meeting was held in the Johnston City Council Chambers at 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 6, 2014.

2013 Development Recap

The Johnston Community Development Department recently published a summary of development activity which occurred in 2013.  Here are some notable numbers from the report:

  • Total New Valuation Permitted in 2013:  $118,869,871
  • Estimated 2014 Population:  19,500
  • Zoning Changes Enable 171 New Single Family Residential Lots
  • Zoning Changes Enable 365 Multifamily Units

Thanks to David Wilwerding, City of Johnston Community Development Director, for sharing the 2013 Development Summary.

Johnston Council Sets FY 2015 Levy Target

The property tax rate for the City of Johnston may be set at $11.34 under guidelines recently discussed by the City Council.  The current rate is $11.15.  Council members have been working to hold any rate increase to a minimum, notwithstanding the effects of taxes for debt service associated with the new public safety facilities.  An updated budget memo is posted here for further background information, including projections on the expected effects of tax rates on a home with a standard valuation of $200,000.

January 30 Budget Memo

New Roundabout Planned – 106th Street & NW 62nd Ave.

NW106thStreet-roundaboutThe City of Johnston is moving forward with plans to construct a new roundabout in NW Johnston in 2014.  The proposed road improvements are associated with pending road construction in the area by the City of Grimes, and the need to prepare for future traffic associated with the new Johnston High School facility.  No formal action has yet been taken, but the issue is expected to be advanced in the coming weeks.