COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (WOWT) -- Officials in Council Bluffs are busy changing the look of the city’s riverfront and on Friday that development added a major piece to the riverbank puzzle.
When the work is complete, there will be close to 300 apartments, two condo towers, office buildings and a lot of public space - all with a view of Omaha.
On Friday, the Iowa West Foundation broke ground for the first office building on the river’s edge. The four-story, 67,000 square- foot building was designed by HDR and has already won awards for its design.
Iowa West officials hope their presence will attract other businesses to the growing location.
Pete Tulipana, President and CEO of the Iowa West Foundation, said, “In economic development our role here at the riverfront has been to find partners to be a catalyst to encourage and to drive private development down here. We’re thrilled to see that happening.”
Iowa West will be part of a development plan that has been years in the making. Developers say the project will change the look of the metro area.
Jay Noddle, with Noddle Companies, said, “It starts to advance the state line in a scene becoming invisible. People can live and work on both sides of the river and go back and forth. Iowa West officials say they are thrilled to be a part of Council Bluffs new front door.”
Tulipana said, “We want to put our stake in the ground and say this is one of the best pieces of property in Council Bluffs – gorgeous views, gorgeous amenities available to people who work and live here.”
Iowa West officials say their news building will cost about $20 million to build and should be complete by the end of next year.