River's Edge Development

If you take a stroll in the park, you can see the work being done inside the Missouri River levee next to the six-acre "great lawn." An elevator shaft is already in place for the community building and pavilion. It will have two floors with the top floor featuring a rooftop deck available to the public. Up to 100 people can gather on the rooftop for special events. The view from the top floor will be perfect for watching fireworks, star-gazing or admiring the skyline of our friends across the river in Omaha. The indoor main floor is for smaller events with up to 60 people. There will be a catering kitchen, private restrooms and areas for meetings and presentations.

The 26 acres of land on the east side of the levee is also being redeveloped.  Crews are in the final phases of installing infrastructure and streets to support the development including a 65,000 square foot office building, 750 stall parking garage and 230 apartment units with 6,300 square feet of retail space. Construction is anticipated to begin in early April 2017.  The Iowa West Foundation plans to move to the office building along with several other tenants.  The City retained Noddle Development to assist in in the development and marketing of the site.  President and CEO Jay Noddle said "Think of the development in the Aksarben area in Omaha and that's what you'll see in Playland Park's future."  Donald Gross, the City's Community Development Director, said "We anticipate announcing a condominium project in the near future and additional retail space, apartments and a second office building in the upcoming years."  The development also incorporates biking trails connecting the pedestrian bridge to a growing trail system along 1st Avenue which will reach downtown Council Bluffs in the future. Gross said "After years of planning and hard work, I'm excited to see the infrastructure work being completed and look forward to vertical construction next spring," he continued, "Upon completion, this riverfront development will set the example for future developments in Council Bluffs."

Construction on the office building and parking garage is expected to begin in spring of 2017.