Park Place development puts fast-growing Tiffin ‘on the map’


Pinseekers owners Scotter Andersen, left to right, Austin Palm and Ryan Ranguette tee off on the grounds of the new Pinseekers site at 1515 Andersen Pl. in Tiffin last Friday. Ranguette affirms that the golf area will allow visitors to have an activity to do all year round. (Savannah Blake/The Gazette)

People listen as Tiffin Mayor Steve Berner (not pictured) talks about the grand opening of the new Pinseekers Indoor Golf Center at 1515 Andersen Pl. in Tiffin on Friday. The new building is expected to be completed by summer 2023. (Savannah Blake/The Gazette)

Tiffin Mayor Steve Berner watches other members of the Pinseekers team during the groundbreaking ceremony at 1515 Andersen Pl. in Tiffin on Friday. Berner said he’s excited about the new entertainment space and the impact it will have on Tiffin’s map. (Savannah Blake/The Gazette)

Render of the upcoming PinSeekers facility in Tiffin in the summer of 2023. (Render provided by PinSeekers Iowa)

Render of the upcoming PinSeekers facility in Tiffin in the summer of 2023. (Render provided by PinSeekers Iowa)

The Palms Theatres, IMAX and Family Entertainment Center at Fridley Theaters will be part of the Park Place development in Tiffin, just off Interstate 380. (Render provided by Fridley Theatres)

The Palms Theatres, IMAX and Family Entertainment Center at Fridley Theaters will be part of the Park Place development in Tiffin, just off Interstate 380. (Render provided by Fridley Theatres)

Construction of a new Park Place development is underway in Tiffin in October 2021. Tiffin continues to experience growth and new developments include single family homes, apartments and condos. (The Gazette)

TIFFIN — Developers of Park Place in the fast-growing town of Tiffin have noticed how activity in the area has “increased dramatically” in the past few years since the project began.

The development of Interstate 380 is one area where the City of Tiffin anticipates significant growth. The developers and others involved say it will create an entertainment destination not just for residents of Tiffin, but for all of eastern Iowa.

PinSeekers, the new Topgolf-style facility, is slated to open in the summer of 2023. Alongside there are plans for a “massive new family entertainment center” from Des Moines-based Fridley Theaters which the company says will will be a “game changer” for the region.

The 265-acre development is planned by Ders Group of North Liberty and will include housing, entertainment, restaurants and retail. Brothers Nick and Alex Andersen, along with their father Scott, wanted to do “something special” with development and organize activities for everyone.

“I think with PinSeekers and The Palms, there will be great synergy there,” Alex Andersen, CEO and Chairman of Ders Group, told The Gazette. “…We want to provide what this region needs and being able to do that is rewarding.”

Measured by percentage growth rate, Tiffin – population 4,512 – is the fastest growing city in Iowa, according to the latest 2020 census. The city’s population has doubled decade after decade from 1990 and is expected to double again in 2030.

PinSeekers puts Tiffin ‘on the map’

Tiffin Mayor Steve Berner, who was elected in 2012, recalled a conversation with Scott Andersen.

“He came to town and had this big idea that was going to put Tiffin on the map and said it was huge,” Berner said. “Well, he’s right. And it all happens and PinSeekers is the thing that’s really going to make it happen.

The Ders Group announced last summer that the Toptracer brand would extend its golf facilities to Tiffin. Just over a year later, a groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for the new PinSeekers facility, which will be located at 1515 Andersen Pl.

PinSeekers will have 56 heated bays with Toptracer ball tracking technology, Alex Andersen said. The facility will be open year-round and will also include 18 holes of mini golf, a full-service restaurant and two bars.

Ryan Ranguette of PinSeekers said he has a passion for developing the game of golf and was excited to bring it to Tiffin. The facility will be the first location in Iowa. A location in DeForest, Wis., is also slated to open next year.

The PinSeekers facility will be a mix of entertainment experience and a place for the avid golfer to improve their game, said Ranguette, who is part of PinSeekers’ operations team. It will be a different way of involving people in golf, he added.

“We are really excited to be part of the Tiffin community,” said Ranguette. “Golf, as a whole, brings a community together in a very different way than other activities.”

The entertainment center will be a game changer

The Palms Theaters and IMAX Family Entertainment Center will be a game changer for the I-380 corridor, said Russell Vannorsdel, president of Fridley Theaters.

One exciting factor about the resort, Vannorsdel told The Gazette, “is that PinSeekers is our neighbor.” By having the two facilities side-by-side, he hopes the default for weekend plans – when it’s all over – will be to visit this area.

One of the goals is to provide a luxury cinematic experience in the region, Vannorsdel said.

Ten auditoriums are planned with “large wall-to-wall screens”, he said. There will be approximately 1,000 seats throughout the theater, with the IMAX seating approximately 225 people. Seating will be Fridley’s “UltraLux Lounger,” which Vannorsdel says has received “rave reviews” in Waukee.

The company opened the IMAX facility in Waukee in 2019. Overall, Fridley Theaters has 17 locations in Iowa and one in Nebraska.

The Tiffin IMAX will use the same cutting-edge technology as the Waukee IMAX, but the auditorium and screen will be slightly smaller, Vannorsdel said. Tiffin’s IMAX screen will be 65 feet wide.

In addition to the theater and the IMAX, there will be 16 bowling alleys, as well as games and arcade areas. There will be a full restaurant and bar.

“We see people wanting to leave their homes and enjoy a night out and have an experience,” Vannorsdel said. “That’s exactly what this entertainment center is going to deliver.”

Get ahead of growth

Nick Andersen, president and chief financial officer of Ders Group, said the city’s growth and the new Forevergreen Road interchange with Interstate 380 are both playing a factor in increasing activity and attracting more people to the city.

He added that with PinSeekers and the Palms Theaters, more people from surrounding communities will come to Tiffin.

Alex Andersen said the development group saw the opportunity to put the infrastructure in place knowing the expected growth.

“I think we’re pretty well positioned to accept this growth at a faster rate,” said Alex Andersen.

Coffee is coming early next year

More recently, Coffee Emporium announced the opening of a location in Park Place. Construction is expected to begin within weeks with an expected opening early next year, Alex Andersen said.

Other announced Park Place tenants include Casa Tequila, 380 Nails, Farmers State Bank and iGYM. These companies are already open.

Speedy Mike’s car wash is expected to open next spring or summer, Nick Andersen said. The group is preparing to innovate on a few buildings, including one that will be mixed-use with apartments and a retail space called The Ventnor, Alex Andersen said.

“Hopefully we can still make a few announcements this year,” Alex Andersen said of the upcoming deals.

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