OGDEN -- A damaged house in Ogden that has been standing for more than 110 years will soon be given new life.
The city council voted Tuesday night to rezone a property at 420 13th St., so the owner of the house there can refurbish and resell it.
Ogden resident Mark Hopkins owns the house and recently filed a petition with the city to rezone the property, changing it from a commercial zone to a residential zone.
The house sits on the north side of 13th Street, immediately east of Washington Boulevard, and was built in 1902.
The house has been sitting unoccupied for more than two years after it was damaged by fire. Hopkins obtained the property by bid after a bank seized it from the previous owner.
Hopkins -- who says he buys homes, fixes them up and resells them for a living -- wants to repair the damaged home and sell it as a
single-family, residential unit.
He submitted a citizen petition to the council with signatures of more than 25 neighbors and residents of the area supporting the rezone.
"The neighbors said it was a place where people loitered and did drugs," Hopkins said. "I went in and removed a big trailer that has been sitting there for years, and now I am just biting at the bit to clean it up and bring out a lot of the beautiful pioneer features that are in it."
The property has been zoned commercial for many years and is identified for future commercial use in the city's Canyon Road Community Plan, which was adopted in 1990.
The home sits near commercial properties, including Denny's and Victor's Tires.
While the home has been used as a residence as recently as two years ago, the property has not been actively used in that manner for more than one year, so it lost its legal nonconforming status. To restore legal use as a residence, the property had to be rezoned.
In June, the Ogden Planning Commission recommended to deny Hopkins' petition by a vote of 4-3.
Ogden City Planning Manager Greg Montgomery said the commissioners who voted to recommend the denial felt that the overall future of the area was destined for commercial use.
After the planning commission vote, Hopkins approached several commercial property owners in the area to see if they would be interested in purchasing the lot, but had no takers.
"I would have looked at any offer at all," Hopkins said. "But I didn't receive any."
He said the home will be a bigger benefit to the city as a residential unit.
"I'm trying to make value out of something," he said. "I think a lot of people in the neighborhood will like it."