Johnston Town Center

Notice of Tree Removal: Due to grading for the Town Center many trees have come down and a diverse planting of healthy, hardy trees will take their place. Small caliber trees have been relocated to adjoining trails and Ray Schleihs Park. Two hundred and twenty new trees will be planted as part of the project, as well as native grasses and a community orchard. Many of the trees will be incorporated into the new City Hall for millwork, trim and furniture for the lobby and council chambers.

The City of Johnston is currently working with The Hansen Company to finalize the design concept for the Johnston Town Center in anticipation of breaking ground Fall of 2019. The Town Center Project is a public-private initiative to encourage redevelopment of Merle Hay Road at the intersection of NW 62nd to create a commercial center for the City of Johnston that will serve is a local destination for dining, shopping and entertainment. The central green space "The Yard" will feature regular event programming including concerts, a splash pad and a seasonal ice skating rink.

Up-to-date information on the project can by found at

Proposed City Hall Renderings

Town Center Graphics

Town Centre
16081 - Merle Hay Rd Redevelopment_Rendering_092117


If you have questions, please contact the City of Johnston's Economic Development Department at 515-727-7774 or email
Adam Plagge.

Summary Report
Report (PDF)

Market Study

Johnston Merle Hay Market Analysis (PDF)

Design Guidelines
Design Guidelines (PDF)

Confluence Presentation on Planning process and Design Guidelines
Presentation (PDF)