The City of Waukee broke ground on the new Kettlestone development on November 1, 2013. Designed to highlight the natural beauty of the area, Waukee’s Kettlestone is an innovative mixed-use development where visitors will find shopping, dining and personal services as well as parks, ponds and trails. Over the next 25 years, Kettlestone's 1,500 acres will continue to be developed to serve as a social, cultural and civic center, adding new jobs, housing, retail opportunities and office space. Located 15 miles west of downtown Des Moines, Kettlestone's 2.1-mile, four-lane Grand Prairie Parkway acts as the southern gateway for the City with a direct link to Interstate 80. It is also the home of insurance company Holmes Murphy, with 300+ employees working in the Waukee location.
Waukee, with a current estimated population of 23,000, is recognized as one of the fastest-growing cities in Iowa and is located in Dallas County – one of the fastest-growing counties in the U.S.
Grand Prairie Parkway and the I-80 Interchange have been priority projects for the Waukee City Council for more than a decade. Based upon the proposed land uses over a 30-year period, Kettlestone could support up to 7,000 new housing units, 3.8-million square feet of commercial retail space and 5.5-million square feet of commercial office space.