OGDEN -- A once-ramshackle four-plex in East Central Ogden that has been converted into an attractive, single-family home was unveiled Monday as part of a cooperative effort involving the city, state, two local nonprofit organizations and Home Depot Inc.
The house at 2117 Adams Ave. is expected to serve as a catalyst for other improvements throughout the neighborhood, Mayor Matthew Godfrey said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
"It's been a remarkable transformation," Godfrey said regarding work on the home that now has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and other amenities, such as a garage. It took about 2 1/2 months to complete the renovations.
The city contributed a $30,000 grant for renovations, which equates to $10,000 each for the elimination of three of the apartments that once made up the four-plex.
The Ogden Community Foundation, a local nonprofit organization, loaned the Ogden Renewal Foundation, another nonprofit group dedicated to rehabilitating homes in East Central Ogden, $70,000 to buy the four-plex.
Home Depot funded about $15,000 in materials, donated many other supplies, such as carpet and flooring free of charge, and provided volunteers from its area stores to work on the project.
The Utah Department of Workforce Services obtained a $104,000 state grant to hire a half-dozen unemployed construction workers to undertake the renovations and who will also work on other homes in East Central Ogden targeted for repairs or reconstruction.
The next project will include converting an apartment building to a single-family home at 2103 Adams Ave. and building a new home at 580 22nd St., said Tom Halliday, the volunteer general contractor for the projects. Work on both homes is scheduled to be finished by the end of October.
The home unveiled Monday is to be sold for $169,000, with the proceeds being returned to the Ogden Community Foundation to fund similar projects, said Mark Johnson, the city's management services director and head of the foundation.
Johnson praised all the project's partners, particularly Home Depot.
"They truly have the vision of service in the community," he said.
Mike Pagano, district manager for Home Depot, said his company is pleased to have assisted in renovating the home that was showcased Monday.
"This is just the start for this relationship (by Home Depot) with the Ogden community," he said.
Reed Richards, chairman of the Ogden Renewal Foundation, said completion of work on the home is a great way to help revitalization in the East Central section of the city. "It's a good start," he said.
Randy Hopkins, Wasatch Front North Service Area director for the Utah Department of Workforce Service, said the hiring of the six unemployed construction workers will help the local economy.
Kevin Murray, who was unemployed until hired as a construction foreman by Workforce Services, said he's grateful to be involved in the project.
"It's been a great program," he said. "It's a blessing."