Tim Vandenack, Standard Examiner

The Hilltop apartment development at 4400 South and Washington Boulevard in South Ogden, pictured Friday, April 1, 2022.

SOUTH OGDEN – Bulldozers are pushing earth and cement pouring as several new apartment and townhouse developments take shape around South Ogden at the same time.

Activity is particularly strong along 40th Street, where three projects are underway simultaneously on a half-mile stretch between Adams Avenue and McKay-Dee Hospital that between them will create 238 housing units. “There’s a lot of dirt that’s turned over,” said South Ogden town manager Matt Dixon.

But there are also several projects scattered elsewhere in the city, and between them they will all add 1,007 apartments and townhouses to the city. Such high-density housing development has been the cause of consternation among some, especially since many, perhaps most, of the units will be rental properties.

“There’s a lot of resistance from the community, of course,” said Sallee Orr, a member of South Ogden City Council, who would like to see more homeownership opportunities mixed in with the various projects. “To me it’s a big concern that they’re all rentals.”

Dixon acknowledges the reservations of some, also driven by concerns about the impact of the new development on traffic, particularly on 40th Street. “There’s a pretty mixed bag of opinions and thoughts,” he said.

Tim Vandenack, Standard Examiner

The Gardens apartment development along the 40th Street corridor at the northwest corner of the McKay-Dee Hospital grounds, pictured Friday, April 1, 2022.

The city has limited leeway to dictate the details of the development, assuming it meets South Ogden’s zoning guidelines, and Dixon, for his part, notes housing demand. According to the latest figures he heard, the Wasatch Front needs 40,000 homes to meet the growing demand in the growing area.

South Ogden Mayor Russ Porter maintains a positive outlook, noting, among other things, the likely economic growth that will follow population growth and the resulting boost to the local economy. More people means more local sales, new businesses, and more sales tax revenue for the city. The development is also expected to strengthen South Ogden’s property tax roles.

“I just don’t think people will feel the impact that they think they will,” Porter said.

Porter and Dixon note that much of the new development is off major thoroughfares like 40th Street, Washington Boulevard, and Harrison Boulevard, which means limited traffic impact in quieter residential areas.

Additionally, even if development is postponed, city streets are likely to become busier as the area’s population grows and motorists living elsewhere move into the city.

Tim Vandenack, Standard Examiner

The Lotus Greens Townhouses development site on the southeast corner of 40th Street and Adams Avenue in South Ogden, pictured Friday April 1, 2022.

“Ultimately traffic in South Ogden is going to increase,” Dixon said. Notably, 40th Street between Wall Avenue and Harrison Boulevard in the city was widened in 2018 to accommodate growing usage.

Porter welcomes the idea of ​​newcomers coming to South Ogden. “I don’t think it’s bad to have people coming in and out and more energy and diversity,” he said.

Yet there are other aspects of growing up that will likely negatively impact others. Orr noted the six-story building that ran along the 40th Street corridor at the northwest end of the McKay-Dee Hospital grounds.

Two of these six levels will be for parking, but either way the structure will block the view of those living in the patio houses to the south as well as those living to the north. “It’s concerning to me and the residents there,” Orr said.

Here is an overview of some of the projects, in progress and to come:

  • The gardens: The 40th Street Corridor project near McKay-Dee Hospital provides for 113 apartments. The developers inaugurated on February 28.
  • Cities in Madison: The project on the south side of 40th Street west of Madison Avenue calls for 75 townhouses.
  • Lotus Greens Townhouses: The project at the southeast corner of 40th Street and Adams Avenue calls for 40 townhouses.
  • Apartments at the top of the hill: The project located at the southeast corner of 4400 South and Washington Boulevard provides for a total of 138 housing units. The main building is nearing completion.
  • Terrace : The development taking shape under the Harrison Boulevard Water Reservoirs near 5600 South will contain 385 apartments.
  • Seasons: The apartment complex, which will take shape on Lincoln Avenue between Costco and Walgreens, will house 181 units.
  • Uinta Peaks: The 19-unit townhouse project is taking shape on a strip of land in the 5900 block of Wasatch Drive.
  • Wasatch Point: The 38-unit apartment building is to be built on an undeveloped parcel off Wasatch Drive, northwest of Uinta Peaks.
  • An 18-town home project is planned for the 200 block of 40th Street, east of Riverdale Road.

Tim Vandenack, Standard Examiner

The Madison Towns development site on the south side of 40th Street, west of Madison Avenue in South Ogden, pictured Friday, April 1, 2022.

A sign for the Gardens apartment development along the 40th Street corridor at the northwest corner of the McKay-Dee Hospital grounds, photographed Friday, April 1, 2022.

The Gardens apartment development along the 40th Street corridor at the northwest corner of the McKay-Dee Hospital grounds, pictured Friday, April 1, 2022.

The Lotus Greens Townhouses development site on the southeast corner of 40th Street and Adams Avenue in South Ogden, pictured Friday April 1, 2022.

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