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 Property

Crescent Chase Development Land

NW 86th Street & NW 62nd Avenue 

Crescent Chase Development Land

Hurd Realty is offering 2.8 acres of land zoned PUD on the corner of NW 86th Street and NW 62nd Avenue. The land is adjacent to multiple corporations including John Deere Credit and Pioneer Hi-Bred. The Johnston High School is located one mile east and the Iowa National Guard is in close proximity. The site is located at a high traffic signalized intersection with access from all directions. Traffic counts on NW 62nd Ave are 6,000 vehicles per day while 86th Street is 15,600 vehicles per day. The site can accommodate a 15,000 to 18,000 square foot retail center as well as a 3,000 square foot pad site. For more information on this property contact Richard Hurd at 515-778-1000 or richard.hurd@hurdrealty.com.

Click here to view a print brochure with more details on the property.

Plaza on 86th Plans Initiated








Steps toward rezoning the area on the SW portion of NW 54th Ave. and NW 86th Street are being taken by the Johnston City Council. A request to modify the zoning map for 5.5 acres to allow Community Retail Commercial district uses along with R-4, High Density Residential District uses was referred to the Planning and Zoning Commission by the Council at their meeting on October 3, 2016.

Learn more about this project from JEDCO member NAI Optimum.


Windsor Office Park Gains Momentum










UPDATEOn October 3, 2016 the Johnston City Council approved plans for the Dance Vision and Rainbow Rascals projects.

The Johnston Planning and Zoning Commission considered two new projects for Windsor Office Park at their meeting on September 26, 2016. One is a proposed child care facility presented under the name Rainbow Rascals Child Care. 814 Development LLC has proposed a 11,992 square foot child care facility with 17,241 square feet of outdoor playground area and a future 2,500 square foot retail building. The property is located on the northwest corner of Thomas Avenue and NW 86th Street.

The other project is a proposed 12,162 square foot dance studio presented under the title Dance Vision. The project was presented by Elsie John Properties, LLC and the site is located at 8711 Thomas Avenue in the Windsor Office Park

Taken together with the Premier Lending Alliance project advanced earlier in 2016, activity in the Windsor Office PUD has picked up noticeably. Both of the new projects were advanced by the Commission.

2016 Economic Development Bus Tour


Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Crescent Chase I – Office Building
8850 NW 62nd Ave – Johnston

Join JEDCO and GCED for their annual Economic Development Bus Tour. This year the Johnston tour will include a look at the Terra Lake Park Project and a tour of the new Johnston High School project. The Grimes tour will highlight several projects and areas of development in the Grimes community. The tour begins at 3 PM at the Crescent Chase office building in Johnston and will be followed by an informal networking reception at 5 PM.

Limited seating is available. Click here to register.



Recreation Amenities For Apartments

Recreational Activities

Update: 9.26.16 – The Johnston Planning and Zoning Commission heard a presentation on this report. City staff reported that feedback from developers thus far had been positive.

The Neighborhood Development Corporation has presented a report to the City of Johnston concerning the availability of outdoor recreational amenities for residents of apartments and townhomes. The impetus apparently stemmed from reports that such developments had a higher volume of calls for service to Johnston police. Of interest to developers is the discussion about future “recreational amenity requirements” for multi-residential developments in Section 4 of the report.

The report includes a case study of Sultan, Washington. The community of 4,700 residents has established minimum requirements to be set aside for recreation in a development. Developments are then required to establish certain types of amenities based on certain criteria. The report goes on to make recommendations for standards in Johnston (see section 4.4 of the report).

The full report is posted  here, and the report concludes by suggesting that it be used as the basis for a dialogue with stakeholders. Developers are encouraged to review the report, and to provide comments to Council members and staff.

Merle Hay Road Gateway Tree Clearing Project







On August 1, 2016 the Johnston City Council approved plans to complete designs and to manage the procurement of services to implement landscape improvements in the Beaver Creek/Merle Hay Road Gateway area. The changes are intended to improve visibility to the area from I-35/80 and to enhance the attractiveness of the area for future development. The work will be continue to be performed by JEDCO member Foth Infrastructure and Environment.

Simpson Property Rezoning Request

NW 86th Street & NW 70th Avenue Disclosure Map 021115

On July 15, 2016, WesleyLife announced plans to construct a $29.5 million Senior Living Community in Johnston. Plans call for the facility to be located southwest of the intersection of NW 86th street and NW 70th Ave. The property is held by JEDCO member Simpson Enterprises.

At their meeting on August 1, 2016, the Johnston City Council considered a request for an official amendment to the Johnston 2030 Comprehensive Plan’s future land use map, and a zoning map amendment. The request was submitted by Jeff Simpson, and with the Council’s action, the changes will be advanced to  the Planning and Zoning Commission for review and recommendation. This is an exciting development for the NW 70th Ave. corridor, and we look forward to the next steps in the process.


Welcome Adam Plagge!


On behalf of the members of the Johnston Economic Development Corporation we wish to welcome Adam Plagge to the Johnston Community. At their meeting on Monday, August 1, 2016 the Johnston City Council approved the appointment of Adam to the position of Economic Development Manager.

Adam’s appointment represents the latest step forward by the City of Johnston to create a new economic development plan. JEDCO looks forward to working with Adam as he helps create the City economic development program of work including a business retention and expansion activity. Adam comes to Johnston via Fairfield, where he has most recently served as the Executive Director of the Fairfield Economic Development Association.


Elite Glass & Metal To Locate In Johnston

EliteGlassThe Johnston City Council has taken action to approve a development agreement with Elite Glass & Metal to assist with the construction of a 15,000 square foot building at 4945 NW 57th Ave in Beaver Business Park. The agreement would provide TIF assistance in the form of a forgivable loan in an amount up to $70,350.00. Please join us in welcoming Elite Glass & Metal to the Johnston community!

Beaver Business Park Expands


A site plan for a new 15,000 square foot office/warehouse building was approved by Johnston Planning & Zoning Commission at their meeting on June 13, 2016. The facility will be located on NW Beaver Drive adjacent to NW 57th Ave., and the area is zoned M-1 as  Light Industrial District. The project is represented by JEDCO member Mark McMurphy, ABACI Consulting. For more information contact Mark at mark@abaciconsulting.com.