OGDEN — Ogden’s City’s latest Capital Improvement Plan includes a $1 million renovation of the Union Station.
And although the project hasn’t been totally funded yet, city officials say it’s an urgent priority.
The Ogden City Council will hold a public hearing on its 2020-2024 CIP at 6 p.m. March 26 at the Ogden Municipal Building, 2549 Washington Blvd. The plan prioritizes and ranks infrastructure projects that might be completed over the next five years.
The plan includes projects that can be completed through one-year budget allocations, as well as projects that need funding spread over multiple years. A project’s inclusion on the plan doesn’t necessarily mean it will be funded in the near term, but the higher the council and administration rank it, the better an individual project’s chances.
The Union Station work has been ranked as the council’s number one priority, with the administration ranking it number two.
“We really want to get it done,” said Ogden Chief Administrative Office Mark Johnson.
According to council documents, the renovation plan for the station includes bathroom remodels, a furnace replacement, masonry repairs to the building’s facade, lighting improvements, window repairs, asbestos remediation at the station’s adjacent “Laundry Building” and other small fix-up items.
The city had previously budgeted $205,000 for the project, leaving about $820,000 needed to complete the proposed work.
The city says the improvements are needed at the historic train depot not only to ensure the long-term viability of the structure, but also to provide a safe facility for the public.
In 2017, the city formally ended a nearly 13-year agreement with the Union Station Foundation, with Ogden resuming management and operation of the building, which was built in 1924 after the original burned to the ground.
The renovation plan on the CIP is not directly related to a much larger-scale redevelopment plan for the station and its grounds. That project, still in its infancy, could include large, public open spaces, museums, art galleries, high-density housing, retail space, meeting and event space and administrative offices.
The plan has been in limbo for several years because Union Pacific Railroad still owns all of the ground surrounding the station. UP and the Southern Pacific Transportation company donated the Union Station depot, the annex and a few other buildings to Ogden in 1976, but retained the underlying land surrounding the station.
The city’s CIP also includes additional funding for the acquisition and demolition of The Courtyard Inn Motel at 445 25th St.