OGDEN -- Ogden City says selling six vacant lots will serve as a catalyst to fill an empty midblock area with new homes and continue an ongoing effort to revitalize the central part of the city.
The city is in the early stages of a housing development called the 2300 Fowler Avenue Infill Project. The venture will eventually include 23 new single-family homes, and a new extension of road, to be called Fowler Avenue, that will run between 23rd and 24th streets and Quincy and Jackson avenues.
The block is currently populated with homes around its perimeter but is virtually vacant through the center.
The city council had previously authorized the use of $800,174 in Community Development Block Grant funds to acquire the land and help facilitate the initial development of the project.
Ward Ogden, deputy community development director for Ogden, said that as a way to get the project off the ground more quickly, the city will sell six of the buildable lots on the property to the Ogden Housing Authority for the immediate construction of six homes.
Ogden said actual land values will be determined at a later date, and cannot be stated up front.
The homes would be used under the Credit to Own, or CROWN program, which is administered by the Utah Housing Corporation and allows a person to rent a home to gain equity over a period of 15 years.
If the occupant chooses not to purchase the home at the end of that period, the home is sold on the open market.
Ogden said the sale of the six lots will serve as a catalyst for the sale and construction of the remaining 17 properties. Construction on the six homes will likely begin in the spring.
"When we build six homes up front, we get a boost in the marketing and the appearance of the project," Ogden said.
The homes in the development will be Arts and Crafts style, which, according to Wikipedia, features traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often applies medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration,
The homes will range in size from 1,600 to 1,700 square feet and will be built with natural materials, stone accents and detached garages.
Ogden said the homes must be affordable to households at or below 80 percent of the national median income, which for a family of four is just more than $56,000. The homes will ultimately sell for about $170,000, Ogden said.
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