Ogden council adds money to river project for sewer work

Feb 7 2012 - 11:57pm

OGDEN -- The Ogden River project just got a boost.

The Ogden City Council amended the city's budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, to appropriate various grant funds totaling $735,895 to the Ogden River Restoration Project, as various grants and donations toward the project had been received since the last budget opening appropriating prior commitments.

The money will be used for storm sewer projects and storm sewer improvements associated with the project.

The money for the project comes from the Weber County Storm Drain Fund, the Dumke Foundation, the Division of Wildlife Resources, the Eccles Foundation and several other small grants and donations.

Established in 2002, the Ogden River Project is starting to take shape after struggling for years to attract tenants.

A few weeks ago, the Ogden City Redevelopment Agency, which consists of members of the city council, approved a property sale and development agreement with The Four Foods Group LLC, which will bring a Kneaders Bakery & Cafe to Ogden as part of the river project.

City officials say the Kneaders deal will serve as a catalyst, bringing additional development to the project.

The river project encompasses about 60 acres straddling the river from 18th to 20th streets and Washington Boulevard to Wall Avenue.

It takes in what is known as the Riverbend mixed-use project, which includes the reclamation of the Ogden River, a walking trail, retail businesses and 730 dwellings, including townhouses, apartments and single-family homes.

In other action Tuesday night, the city council once again tabled a plan that will guide development along the 21st Street corridor.

The council will consider making the corridor plan part of the city's general plan on July 10.

The plan had been tabled at December and January council meetings.

Ogden City Planning Division Manager Greg Montgomery said the city has not had sufficient time to study the impacts of height limitations associated with the study.

The plan recommends that mixed-use, transit-oriented development take place between 21st and 22nd streets east of the Interstate 15 overpass and west of Wall Avenue.

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