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Prairie Trail is a 1,031-acre planned community built on the tradition of Iowa’s great neighborhoods. The city has ambitious intentions for this area and is currently in the process of developing Prairie Trail, a master-planned community that will blend elements of shopping, dining, entertainment, business, education and residential living.

Prairie Trail will be primarily composed of residential districts featuring single-family homes, brownstones, townhouses, apartments above downtown businesses and senior housing units. However, there will be a multitude of nearby amenities available to the residents of Prairie Trail and other Ankeny citizens. DRA Properties, the developer, is very interested in creating an abundance of “third” places. The first and second most important places to a person are home and work, but third places are areas where residents can connect with the community.

These community connections will pepper the entirety of Prairie Trail including a new school, headquarters for the Future Farmers of America, a new pol–ice station, a library and a transit station. The entire community will also be accentuated with parks and nature trails. Perhaps the most important community area will be the Town Center which will contain numerous shops and restaurants designed to appeal to the nightlife of the ever-increasing young adult population of Ankeny. The center will also hold the Town Square, featuring an outdoor amphitheater and pavilion.

The development is also doing much to appeal to its neighbors, John Deere to the northwest and Des Moines Area Community College to the southeast. A 30-acre business park will be constructed south of the John Deere facility which will be perfect for businesses connected to the farm equipment giant. DMACC will use some of the land north of them to build a new classroom building and several housing complexes for its growing student population.

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