Johnston Bombers Golf & Entertainment Complex Coming Up in Des Moines Metro

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Johnston Bombers golf & entertainment complex, another Topgolf style driving range and restaurant, is in the works for the Des Moines metro area on 5055 Merle Hay Road just north of Interstate 80/35.

Generally, the complex will be a four-story, 45,000-square-foot arena with 60 climate-controlled hitting bays from which golfers may smash into a 245-yard driving range. A full-service restaurant, numerous themed bars, an interactive video sports section, an arcade, and a rooftop bar are also a part of the proposal.

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An 80-room hotel will also be constructed adjacent to the golf course, with many suites linking directly to golf-hitting bays, a first in the nation for this sort of golf facility. Furthermore, three commercial buildings for restaurant, retail, and/or entertainment enterprises, will be constructed as well.

Eric Kann of Stoye & Kann said that grading works have already begun, with the official groundbreaking scheduled in March.

About the Johnston Bombers Golf & Entertainment Complex

5055 Merle Hay Road, the land on which the Johnston Bombers Golf & Entertainment Complex will be developed is a city-owned land that the City Council unanimously decided to sell to the Iowa-based real estate agent and commercial developer, Stoye & Kann Development, who is behind the project.

In addition, the city will also sell 5229 and 5249 Merle Hay Road,  sites that were previously occupied by the North End Diner and a Best Western Hotel, both of which closed more than a decade ago, to Stoye & Kann for US$ 1.6M.

The historic restaurant sign will be restored and redesigned into a “Welcome to Johnston” sign.

The City Council granted a US$ 2.5M pre-development grant to assist prepare the site, US$ 14.6M in tax increment financing for the golf course and hotel, and US$ 8.1M for the commercial buildings in exchange for the US$ 85M investment.