The 2015 Johnston Community Survey showed 79% of respondents wanted the City to put an emphasis on bringing additional retail and restaurants to the City. In response, the City has pursued redevelopment along Merle Hay Road with a particular focus along the intersection of 62nd Ave. and Merle Hay Road. With several housing projects underway or completed in this focus area, bolstering retail demand, the City has contracted with the consulting firm Confluence to undertake a market study and to create a redevelopment plan to transform the area surrounding City Hall into a Town Center that offers retail, dining and other mixed use.
The draft designs shown below are currently under consideration by Johnston City Council for implementation.
The Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council will meet in a joint session on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Training Room at Johnston City Hall, 6221 Merle Hay Road, to discuss the above concepts and provide direction in how best to move forward with this project, the meeting agenda is available at this link.