OGDEN — Homes at Ogden City's Stone Hill subdivision are selling faster then they can be built.
Ogden Community Development Manager Ward Ogden said construction is either finished or underway on six homes at the city-managed development on the site of the old Dee Elementary School.
The first home completed was sold in October, Ogden said, with two more scheduled to be finished by the time November is out and the three more set to be completed sometime in February.
Pricing ranges near the high $200,000s, Ogden said, but none of the six homes are listed because each unit has already sold.
Construction on the subdivision, which will ultimately include 21 new homes built and sold by the city, began in March. The approximately $6 million venture is meant to revitalize a nearly three-block section of east-central Ogden near 550 E. 22nd St.
For more than 40 years, the site was home to the beloved but peculiar Dee School.
When that facility opened in 1970, it was hailed as a new-age marvel — a circular building with an open floor plan that included no walls. But what was considered cutting-edge in the '70s eventually became a detriment to students' ability to learn, Ogden School District officials said.
After finding it hard to get students to concentrate in the unobstructed, free environment, the district eventually constructed walls between classroom spaces. Limited by certain fire code restrictions, the impromptu barriers shielded vision, but didn’t do much for noise.
The district eventually decided it was best to start over and replaced Dee in 2016 with the New Bridge School, located at 674 22nd St., just east of the old elementary.
The city purchased the property from the district in February 2016 for just under $600,000. The city spent $500,000 to prepare the grounds for the new subdivision — a project that included site improvements like extending Porter Avenue and installing curb, gutter, sidewalk and underground utilities.
The school was demolished in February 2017.
Homes at the subdivision are built in a style inspired by the Prairie School architecture common throughout many of Ogden’s east-central neighborhoods. The homes feature six different floor plans.
The development will be similar to the city’s Oak Den Bungalow project, which was finished in 2014 and features 23 new homes near the corner of 24th Street and Fowler Avenue, filling a mid-block area between Jackson and Quincy avenues that had been vacant for years.
Since 1990, the city has built and sold 152 new homes and renovated and sold more than 200 — intent on upgrading the inner-city housing stock, generating tax revenue and stimulating private investment.
Ogden said all phases of the development should be completed by the summer of 2021.
For more information, go to stonehillhomes.com.