North Ogden leaders seek feedback on King’s Plaza redevelopment
NORTH OGDEN — North Ogden leaders want feedback from the public as they mull redevelopment of the King’s Plaza area of the city, a commercial cluster focused around Washington Boulevard and 2000 North.
Kirt’s Drive-In at 1974 N. 400 East is one of the higher-profile businesses in the area — formally known to city planners as the North Ogden South Commercial Area — but there are also several other operations, including The Cannery Center.
The area “has the potential to become a gateway to North Ogden with bustling activity, family-oriented gathering spaces and attractions,” reads the online announcement of an event happening Wednesday. “A vibrant commercial area will attract residents, visitors and tourists to shop, dine and play in North Ogden.”
The open house, when city officials will seek feedback from the public on the possibilities, will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at North Ogden city offices at 505 E. 2600 North. Several business adjacent to Kirt’s on the east side of Washington Boulevard sit in the area along with several businesses south of The Cannery Center on the west side of the street.
The King’s Plaza initiative includes the collaboration of the Wasatch Front Regional Council and the Utah Department of Transportation. The aim is to create “a vision for the redevelopment of the area into a vibrant commercial area that improves bike, pedestrian and bus access and green space,” reads the city announcement of Wednesday’s open house.
Mayor Neal Berube emphasized that at this stage a plan has not been finalized. “There’s nothing solidified,” he said. The Wasatch Front Regional Council, he said, has provided a $100,000 grant to aid in the planning effort.
More broadly, city officials are are also considering redevelopment possibilities around Bicentennial Park, where The Stump artesian well is located, and the North Shore Aquatic Center, Berube said.