OGDEN -- A new Dee Elementary School is likely coming to Ogden.
The city council is considering a resolution that authorizes the city to enter into an interlocal agreement with the Ogden School District for the property acquisition and development of a new Dee Elementary School, which would be built on 5 acres west of Liberty Park, on the west side of the 2100 block of Madison Avenue.
As part of the agreement, the school district would transfer the existing Dee School site, at 550 22nd St., to the city on Jan. 1, 2016. The city would then develop new inner-city housing at the site.
In a letter to the city council, Ogden Economic Development Director Tom Christopulos said private investment in the area will expand the community's economic base and will generate additional tax revenue that will help fund needed service in the area.
The city has also committed to making improvements on Madison Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets, and to fund improvements that would allow for the shared use of Liberty Park. The cost for the improvements is estimated to be $162,000.
Christopulos said the joint use of Liberty Park between the school and the city will minimize the land needed for the new school.
A schedule for the project shows that the next year will be spent acquiring the land for the school.
Financing will likely be secured between January and May of 2014.
Construction on the new school would tentatively take place from May 2014 through August 2015.
It is anticipated that the school will be open for the 2015-2016 school year.
The council will vote on the resolution in the next few weeks.