Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ogden officials say city's northern tip is taking shape

Seeds are finally starting to sprout in an area that for years has been downtown Ogden’s barren wasteland.

With Kneaders Bakery & Cafe opening, work finishing on the Ogden River Restoration project and several other projects either beginning or concluding, Ogden city officials says this summer signifies the start of what will be a total transformation of downtown Ogden’s northern tip.

The $6 million river restoration project, which included a total clean up and rebuild of the river as it traverses through Ogden, wrapped up in early June.

Kneaders opened a few days ago at 1953 Washington Blvd. — an area that has been for years one big collection of vacant, unkempt lots.

Construction also has started on what will eventually be 69 townhomes on about 4 acres of land, just to the west of Kneaders.

Most of the work in the area is associated with the city’s Riverbend project, a mixed-use development scheduled to encompass 60 acres, straddling the Ogden River from 18th to 20th streets and Washington Boulevard to Wall Avenue.

Other developments, outside of the Riverbend project boundaries, are sprucing up northern downtown too. Standard Examiner