Construction is underway at the Live Nation entertainment venue in Waukee’s KeeTown Loop

Construction began in Waukee at the 2938 Grand Prairie Parkway Live Nation. Architectural rendering courtesy of OPN Architects

More than $ 93.5 million in new commercial construction projects began in the Des Moines area in May, including the Live Nation entertainment venue in Waukee, according to a review of building permits in the area.

The $ 25 million building permit for the Waukee project was the largest issued in May among the 13 communities and districts of Polk County surveyed by Business Record. Communities have issued a total of 28 commercial building permits for new projects. Between January 1 and May 31, the surveyed communities issued 91 permits for new projects; The permits are valued at more than $ 590.1 million, the survey shows.

Harry Coin, developer of Quad Cities, who is the principal of Development of KeeTown Loop 40 acres planned on the northwest corner of Grand Prairie Parkway and Ashworth Road in Waukee, announced last fall that Live Nation Entertainment Inc. has signed a 20-year lease to occupy a 3,500-seat concert hall. The place is the central part of the $ 100 million entertainment district, which is expected to include shops, restaurants and one or more hotels.

Live Nation Entertainment, which includes Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts and Live Nation Sponsorships, is expected to bring 100 or more events a year to an unnamed venue.

The event facility will be about 30 feet high and will include more than 57,000 square feet of space, according to a site plan approved by Waukee staff. The facility will include a ground floor space for a stage and a seating area or a standing area for concert goers. Multi-storey seating, VIP lounge, kitchen, bar area and toilets are also included.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Coin said the first event is likely to take place at the facility in late 2023 or early 2024.

Other highlights of the May construction permits include:

• A $ 10.2 million permit issued in Ankeny for the 108-room Staybridge Suites, which is being built on 2602 SE Hulsizer Road. The project is being developed by BMP Hotel Development LLC. The hotel will have an area of ​​nearly 66,000 square feet, according to city documents. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the site plan in December 2020.

• A $ 2.7 million permit issued by Urbandale for the foundations of the new headquarters of Worldwide Logistics, a company that organizes freight and logistics transportation nationwide. The company started the development process for the new headquarters on 12408 Meredith Drive, but the pandemic halted the project. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

• Permits worth $ 2.5 million each for the 6920 and 6960 EP True Parkway shopping malls in West Des Moines. The site is located north of Jordan Creek Mall. The developer of the project is Jordan Creek Point LLC. The project plans show the use of restaurants and shops in the buildings. Construction is expected to be completed by 2023, according to city documents.

Building permits for commercial sites

issued in May

In May, building permits were issued for 28 new retail outlets by local communities. The value of the new permits is more than $ 93.5 million, a review shows.

To find out what commercial building permits have been issued for new projects, as well as others worth $ 250,000 or more, click here. To view a spreadsheet that includes information about the building permit, click here.

You can also view the 2021 building permits issued for retail outlets by clicking here.

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