Construction is underway on the Live Nation entertainment center in the KeeTown Loop commercial area in Waukee.

Construction has begun on the Live Nation entertainment center at 2938 Grand Prairie Parkway in Walkie. Architectural rendering provided by OPN Architects.

In May, more than $93.5 million worth of new commercial construction projects began in the Des Moines area, including the Live Nation Entertainment Center in Waukee, which is reviewing building permits in the area.

The $25 million building permit for the Waukee project was the largest issued in May among 13 Polk County communities and boroughs surveyed by Business Record. A total of 28 commercial building permits for new projects were issued by the communities. Between Jan. On 1 and 31 May, the communities surveyed issued 91 permits for new projects; a review shows that the permits were valued at more than $590.1 million.

Harry Coin, Quad Cities Developer, Lead 40-acre KeeTown Loop development planned at the northwest corner of Grand Prairie Parkway and Ashworth Road in Wauca, announced last fall that Live Nation Entertainment Inc. signed a 20-year lease for a 3,500-seat concert hall. The venue is the centerpiece of a $100 million entertainment district that is also expected to include retail stores, restaurants and one or more hotels.

Live Nation Entertainment, which includes Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorships, is expected to host 100 or more events annually at the yet-to-be-named location.

The event space will stand approximately 30 feet tall and include over 57,000 square feet of floor space, according to a site plan approved by Walkie officials. The facility will include ground floor space for a stage and seating or standing space for concertgoers. There are also multi-level seating, a VIP room, a kitchen, a bar and toilets.

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

Other highlights of commercial building permits issued in May include:

• In Ankeny, a $10.2 million permit has been issued for the construction of a 108-room Staybridge Suites hotel under construction at 2602 SE Hulsizer Road. The project is being developed by BMP Hotel Development LLC. According to city documents, the hotel will be approximately 66,000 square feet. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the site plan in December 2020.

• A $2.7 million Urbandale permit for foundation work for the new headquarters of Worldwide Logistics, a nationwide trucking and logistics company. The company has started the development process new headquarters at 12408 Meredith Drive, but the pandemic brought the project to a halt. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

• Building permits for shopping malls at 6920 and 6960 EP True Parkway in West Des Moines for $2.5 million each. The site is located north of the Jordan Creek Mall. The project developer is Jordan Creek Point LLC. Project plans show restaurant and retail use within the buildings. Construction is scheduled to be completed by 2023, according to city documents.

Commercial Building Permit

released in May

Building permits were issued in May by the district’s communities for 28 new commercial projects. According to the review, the cost of the new permits was over $93.5 million.

To see what commercial building permits have been issued for new projects, as well as other projects over $250,000, click here. To view a spreadsheet containing commercial building permit information, click here.

You can also view commercial building permits issued in 2021 by clicking here.

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