New Urbandale interchanges spark new developments
The Urban Loop in Urbandale has attracted more than 30 developments — from new workplaces and homes to restaurants — to the area over the last four years, according to a project map published by the city.
The intrigue: Hundreds of acres of developable land are still in play.
Catch up fast: Urbandale rebranded the area as the "Urban Loop" in 2017. It's about 4 square miles around the 90-degree turn of Interstate 35/80.
- It was previously known as "Rider Corner," in recognition of the nearby Rider Coal Mine that closed decades ago.
Driving the development: Derek Zarn, a spokesperson for the city, credits new interchanges added since 2018 that provide easier access to hundreds of acres of land.
- The city has seven interchange access points to I-35/80, more than any other metro community.
The bottom line: Expect to hear more economic engines revving from this loop.
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