As the City of Johnston continues to grow, both in acreage and in population, so has the need for a community gathering place. In fact, in a recent survey 79% of Johnston residents expressed a desire for more local retail and restaurant options. After a thorough RFP review process, the anticipated partnership with Hansen Company as the developer for the Town Center project will kick off opportunities for new dining, retail and civic space at the intersection of Merle Hay Road and NW 62nd Avenue.
Already functioning as a central hub for residents of nearby apartments, students of adjacent schools and commuters to Corteva, the addition of a Town Center will only enhance the Merle Hay Road and NW 62nd Avenue area. Full buildout is expected to include more than 75,000 sq. ft. of commercial and office space with initial commercial buildings potentially available by 2020-2021.
While a final Town Center design is expected to be reached in 2019, the site will include a large central green space with several green space amenities including a possible splash pad and/or outdoor music venue. Along the eastern portion of the property a trailhead with parking, restroom facilities and public art will provide a convenient and scenic jumping off point for bike riders onto the surrounding trail system. The current City Hall facility, which has hosted numerous City departments over the years and was originally built as a grocery store, will be torn down to make room for Town Center redevelopment, which will include a new City Hall sited east of the green space.
Stay tuned for continued updates on the Town Center project.