OGDEN -- The effort to revitalize the east-central area of Ogden marches forward.
The city council has adopted a resolution authorizing the use of Community Development Housing Organization and Community Development Block Grant money for a housing project at approximately 27th Street and Lincoln Avenue.
The project, dubbed Lincoln Cottages, sits on an undeveloped, vacant 2.5-acre lot and will feature 14 separate 1,200-square-foot homes with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
In a partnership between the city and the Utah Nonprofit Housing Corporation, the entire project is expected to cost about $1.4 million, with the anticipated selling price for each home around $118,000.
The city will contribute $225,000 to the project, while the UNHC, which owns much of the land and is acquiring more, will cover the balance.
Ward Ogden, the city's deputy community development director, said UNHC will also partner with Habitat For Humanity to build three of the 14 homes.
Ogden said the homes are intended to be affordable for low- to moderate-income families. To enforce affordability, buyers of the homes will be provided with $8,000 second mortgages.
A $50,000 income for a family of four is the upper limit for prospective home buyers.
"It's not a super-low income, but there is an income cap," Ogden said.
The homes are the latest in a series of projects intended to clean up the east-central area of the city.
In early November, the city completed the Prairie Cove development, a new subdivision that consists of three 1,600-square-foot Prairie-style homes on what was once a blighted weed patch on the north side of 23rd Street, immediately east of Monroe Boulevard.
The city also recently expanded its Exterior Rehabilitation Loan Program, which lends money to east-central homeowners to rehabilitate the exteriors of their home. The program includes projects like roofs, windows, porch repairs, paint, driveways and concrete, fencing and sprinkler systems.
The Lincoln Cottages project is anticipated to start in the spring with engineering and ground work occurring first, followed by homes going up for sale sometime in the summer.
For more information, visit ogdencityhomes.com.