The Johnston Community has experienced considerable change over the last year. From one corridor of the City to the next development and change can be observed. Along with growth and development the population of Johnston continues to rise. A special census is currently being conducted and it is predicted that population will exceed 20,000 residents. As we proceed into the new year it is important to take note of the development that occurred in 2015.
David Wilwerding, Community Development Director for the City of Johnston, has prepared a 2015 Development Summary which includes information about population growth, new commercial and residential development and public infrastructure. Below are a few highlights from the report.
- In 2015, eight new commercial permits were issued totaling an assessed valuation of more than $36 million, 28 commercial remodel permits were issued representing an investment of more than $8 million. Overall, 2015 was the fourth best year in the City’s history for new commercial valuation.
- In prior years, high valuations of commercial development were attributed to single large-scale commercial projects. But in 2015 the high valuation was made up of a combination of multiple smaller and mid-sized projects.
- It was also a banner year for new housing permits with multifamily development leading the way. Johnston experienced the single highest total new valuation ($52 million) and number of new multifamily dwelling units (395) in City history, according to the report.
For more information about development activities in 2016, please plan to attend the annual Johnston Economic Development Forum on March 31, 2016. More information about this event will be posted soon. To view the full 2015 Development Summary click the link below.