The Omaha metro area will get a boost as Council Bluffs, Iowa, has won a grant of $1.9-million dollars improve the roadway access to the River’s Edge development area.
Craig Markley, with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says the area around that park on the Missouri riverfront is seeing new growth.
“That’s the former Playland Park Speedway and Amusement Park. It closed down a number of years back and it has been going through a re-development phase,” Markley explains. “This is where the serpentine bridge connects with the city of Omaha, and Council Bluffs has been very successful in developing part of that area right up against the water.”
Markley says the city holds a lot of concerts and other events in the area and the grant will provide access to allow more development nearby.
“This area a little further off the water is proposed to be developed with a couple hundred-thousand square feet of office park and they have been successful in courting one business. Warren Distribution is proposing to re-locate their corporate office there — 85 jobs, very good wages and capital investment,” Markley says.
The project is anticipated to be complete by November 2016.