The city of Clive announced today that it will drop plans to develop a town center on city-owned property along the east side of Northwest 114th Street and south of Hickman Road.


The city had sought proposals from private developers for a joint effort to build a government center along with residential and commercial buildings. The project was intended to ease cramped quarters in Clive City Hall and generate enough private tax base to offset the expense of the city-owned structures. The developer proposal did not lead the city toward that goal.


"There was not going to be enough private tax base created to help offset the public infrastructure and facility costs to make the project viable for City Council consideration going forward," Clive Assistant City Manager Matt McQuillen said in an email statement.


The city will continue to pursue alternative solutions, specifically pertaining to the Clive Police Department, according to a release. 


The Council will also be exploring how to best use the city-owned ground along the NW 114th Street corridor over the next six months, including the sale of some land for for private development. Read a related story.