Developer plans massive Waukee Towne Center project

One of the Des Moines metro’s fastest-growing cities is in line for yet another massive new shopping and entertainment complex.

Waukee Towne Center is planned for an undeveloped site south of Hickman Road and west of Southeast Alice’s Road.

The Waukee City Council voted Monday night to approve the first reading of an ordinance to rezone the 48-acre parcel to allow its development for commercial use. 

The complex would be located across Hickman Road from Hy-Vee and south of an existing complex anchored by an ALDI store. 

Listed as a development of Burlington-based Pierson Commercial, owned by Mike Pierson, the project would include a 300,000-square-foot shopping and retail center with room for additional entertainment businesses

A rendering shows the proposed location of Waukee Towne Center, south of Hickman Road and west of Alice's road in Waukee.

According to city documents, other amenities could include an amphitheater, walking trails, playground, sculptures and a skating rink. A large stormwater retention pond would be located on the southwest corner of the lot.

The main entrance would be from Southeast Laurel Street, and the property would include a 30-foot-wide landscape buffer along the west and southwest sides, where the property borders a residential neighborhood.

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