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Urbandale’s First Quarter Building Valuation Highest Since 2012


The City of Urbandale’s Community Development Department issued a total of 153 building permits in the first quarter of 2018, with a total valuation of $23.7 million. This is the highest total first-quarter valuation since 2012.
Of the first quarter building permits issued from January through March 2018 by the City, residential investment included 41 single-family detached housing units and two new commercial buildings. The remaining permits include commercial and residential projects such as additions, remodels and decks.

“These very positive numbers underscore the city’s continued growth of residential areas in northwest Urbandale,” said Community Development Director Steve Franklin. “With ample room to continue growing west, and the excitement being generated by the opening of the 100th Street interchange later this year, we expect 2018 to be another good year for valuation.”

Continued platting of residential areas and projects like R & R Realty’s Paradigm office building at Meredith Drive and 121st Street have helped to fuel first quarter growth in Urbandale.

“The opening of the 100th Street interchange will also be an incentive for additional office and retail development in the Urban Loop,” said Assistant City Manager/Economic Development Director Curtis Brown. “Urbandale’s residential growth reflects high-value investment at reliably consistent rates.”

The City Council continues to consider projects that respond to market demands for multi-family and townhouse units and more moderately-priced housing. The City of Urbandale continues exploring the possibility of annexing additional territory.

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About Urbandale:

Urbandale, Iowa, is an award-winning community of nearly 43,000 residents offering a unique combination of location, value, and community engagement to businesses and residents. Urbandale is located in the northwest part of the Des Moines Metro Area at the intersections of Interstate 35, Interstate 80, and Iowa 141. This unique geographic location allows Urbandale businesses and residents convenient access to a coast-to-coast and border-to-border transportation network.

Urbandale is a welcoming and vibrant community with affordable and accessible amenities for residents and businesses. From safe neighborhoods to acres of green space, Urbandale is uniquely positioned as an attractive place to raise a family, grow your business, and enjoy life. The City of Urbandale maintains one of the lowest municipal tax rates in the state, providing excellent services at an exceptional value. Each year hundreds of new residents make Urbandale their home—joining those who already enjoy our community’s extensive park and trail network, short commutes, great career opportunities, and excellent schools.

The City operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager carries out the policy direction of the Mayor and five City Council members. As a national leader in Character Counts, Urbandale endeavors at all times to promote and model the principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

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