Wall Avenue Lot01

Ogden City is considering to allow development of this vacant lot on the northwest corner of Wall Avenue and 2nd Street. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.

OGDEN — A rezone that paves the way for a town home complex to be built on a long vacant corner of north Wall Avenue has been approved.

Earlier this week the Ogden City Council approved a rezone at 100 West 2nd Street, changing the property from single family to multiple family residential with a conditional overlay.

Eduardo Hernandez-Orozco, of Strategga Design and Construction, LLC, had asked the city for the rezone so he can build a 30-unit town home development on the three-acre parcel, which sits on the northwest corner of Wall Avenue and 2nd Street.

Residents in the neighborhood have publicly voiced concerns with the proposal, which included worries related to traffic increases, garbage removal, parking, pedestrian safety and the development’s fit with a neighborhood that is a historic pioneer area. In the mid 1800s, the area west of Wall Avenue and 2nd Street served as a LDS fort, officially known as Bingham’s Fort. Several of the structures and homes in the neighborhood were built by early LDS Church settlers.

The council began reviewing the item late last year, but delayed making a decision on it as Hernandez-Orozco worked with residents to address concerns. Since the rezone was extended by the council in January, Hernandez-Orozco held two meetings with neighbors.

The developer described the meetings as “informative and friendly,” but told the council he couldn’t solve every issue. Hernandez-Orozco said he plans to only allow for right-hand turns out of the complex, in an attempt to reduce traffic conflicts.

“Some people say ‘they will do the left turns anyway,’” he told the council. “But that’s something I can’t do anything about.”

The potential development would include 60 visitor parking stalls, one trash dumpster for every 10 units and some kind of historical monument that pays respect to the area’s pioneer heritage, Hernandez-Orozco said.

As has been brought up at prior hearings, traffic increases brought on by the development was again a topic of discussion during Tuesday’s meeting.

According to traffic numbers from the Utah Department of Transportation, the intersection of Wall Avenue and 2nd Street saw an average of about 22,000 vehicles pass through it every day in 2016.

The consensus among the council was that traffic increases are coming whether the development is built or not and 30 new units in the area won’t have a considerable impact on traffic numbers.

“I don’t wish to diminish the concerns of the neighborhood, but it really isn’t much of an increase,” said council member Richard Hyer.

The development will feature a single internal road, which would be private and wouldn’t connect to roads in nearby neighborhoods. The town homes would be single-story units and there would be significant green space, a fitness park, a small dog park, and pathways throughout the development.

Hernandez-Orozco said there isn’t a firm timeline for when construction on the project would begin.

You can reach reporter Mitch Shaw at mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23.

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