With population growing by an estimated three people per day, it is no surprise that development was also booming in Waukee in 2016. The City of Waukee’s Development Services Department issued a total of 1,124 building permits in 2016 – nearly a 25 percent increase from the previous record set in 2015.
Of the $209.2 million worth of valuation for building permits issued in 2016, more than 10 percent was made up of commercial projects. That’s the highest in Waukee’s history, and 2017 is following right along with that trend. As of the most recent building permit activity report (end of May 2017), 14 commercial projects were already approved this year for a total of $5.5 million in valuation.
“Commercial growth is really taking off in Waukee,” said City of Waukee Community & Economic Development Director Dan Dutcher. “Between the Kettlestone Corridor, the Hickman Corridor and Alice’s Road, we continue to receive a lot of inquiries about business development in the City.”
Many of these projects are visible and/or open now, and many are in the planning and approval processes. Here’s a listing of several in-progress or recently completed development projects:
- Waukee Central: Located on Hickman Road between Dartmoor Drive and Westgate Drive on 10.5 acres
- Currently features Central Bank, Waukee Dental and Burger King
- Central Plaza: Located near the corner of Alice’s Road and University Avenue on approximately 1.5 acres
- Features Greater Iowa Credit Union, Rock Valley Physical Therapy and Smoothie King
- Autumn Ridge Commercial Development: Will feature a Car-X Tire and Auto and two 12,000 square foot mixed-use buildings on four acres south of SE Olson Drive and east of Alice’s Road
- University of Iowa Credit Union: To be constructed south of the Waukee Hy-Vee at the corner of Hickman Road and Alice’s Road on one acre
- Ashworth South Plat 2: Located north of SE Kettlestone Boulevard and east of Grand Prairie Parkway
- Features 14 acres zoned for commercial and retail use
- Ashworth South Retail: Located south of Ashworth Road and east of Grand Prairie Parkway
- Features two acres with plans for a multi-tenant retail/commercial building
- Kettlestone Office Development: 93,740 square foot office building under construction on eight acres east of Grand Prairie Parkway and north of the future SE Esker Ridge Drive
- Waukee Market Place: Work has begun at the 12-acre site just south of Hickman Road and west of Alice’s Road
- Auto Zone plans have been approved, and Starbucks and Pancheros Mexican Grill have committed to this development with City plan reviews pending. More service retailers will come on board later; this site has good potential to see quick-serve food, potential grocers, banks, etc.
Developer Richard Hurd said that the corner of Hickman and Alice’s is the perfect high-traffic area for Waukee Market Place.
“The growth in Waukee is huge right now, and it’s only going to continue. That makes the community a great place to provide these types of services,” Hurd said. “These ‘internet-resistant’ places are really for people who need something on an instantaneous basis which they can go pick up. We are excited to be able to provide that in Waukee.”
New commercial development also typically brings jobs. The more businesses the City welcomes, the more residents are presented with the “live here, work here” option.
“The activity we are now seeing in Waukee is the result of working with developers and the real estate community to get sites in Waukee ready for development,” said Dutcher. “Those efforts are now paying off with a sharp increase in commercial development. We have also seen an increase in the interest to bring jobs to Waukee. Having a major office project underway in Kettlestone that will bring 300+ well-paying jobs will only increase the interest in Waukee as a job center.”
Click here to see a full listing of current development projects within the City of Waukee. This list and supporting documents are updated as new permit requests and site plans are completed and/or approved.
See this article with photos in entirety in the July/August issue of MyWaukee Magazine!