In October, a building permit worth $24.7 million was issued for the construction of a 120-story three-story assisted living and memory care facility in Ankeny. The project at 2855 SW Vintage Drive was developed by Nelson Construction & Development. Architectural rendering by AG Architecture

Construction has begun on a 120-unit assisted living and memory support development in the planned community of Ankeny called Prairie Trail, shows a review of area commercial building permits.

Des Moines-based Nelson Construction & Development is constructing the three-story, 63,373-square-foot facility on 7 acres at 2855 SW Vintage Parkway. In October, a permit worth $24.7 million was released for the project.

The permit was among 19 permits issued for new commercial projects in the 14 jurisdictions reviewed by the Business Record. The value of new business permits issued in October was $86.5 million.

Between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 220 commercial building permits were issued for new projects in the Des Moines area, the review shows. The value of the new permits amounts to more than $1.51 billion.

The Nelson project in Ankeny will include 34 one-bedroom and 23 two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens. It will also include 11 studios and 20 one-bedroom units that won’t have full kitchens. The Memory Support Wing will comprise 32 studio units.

The facility will have up to 45 employees who will work during peak hours, according to information provided to city development staff.

Other highlights from the October review include:

• A $12 million permit was issued for the renovation of a former department store space into a fitness center and basketball complex at Southridge Mall, 111 SE Army Post Road in Des Moines. In March 2021, based in Kansas Genesis Health Club announced would purchase the former Sears building on the South Side Mall and transform the facility into a fitness and athletics complex. The space has been vacant since Sears closed its store and auto center in August 2016.

October Commercial Building Permits



More than $135.1 million worth of commercial building permits were issued in October for projects in the Des Moines area, a review shows.

The permits include those for 19 new commercial projects in the 14 jurisdictions surveyed by the Business Register.

To find out which commercial building permits have been issued for new projects and others valued at $250,000 or more, click here. here. To view a spreadsheet that includes commercial building permit information, click here.

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