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.
Draft site designs have been developed and are shown below. After gathering community input, Confluence will finalize the designs for City Council and Planning & Zoning Commission to review and begin taking steps towards implementation.
The draft designs are shown below with various community gather areas, trail-head configurations, public art, potential City Hall locations, retail, office and residential buildings.