After six years of sitting vacant on the edge of downtown, crews from Grant Mackay Demolition Company began tearing down the old Hostess factory on Monday.

Late last year, the Ogden City Council amended the city’s 2018 budget to expedite demolition of the old Wonder Bread/Hostess site on 26th Street. The city transferred $75,000 originally meant for an asbestos removal project at the Union Station.

City officials say razing the building is the initial step in a budding, large-scale mixed-use development project at the site.

The project would stretch between Lincoln and Grant avenues — from 26th Street to the alley immediately behind businesses on the south side of 25th Street — and would include space for condos, rental units and office buildings.

The city has worked with Salt Lake City-based FFKR Architects on potential designs, which include new parking facilities, mid-block pedestrian paths and buildings modeled to fit the characteristic of Historic 25th Street.

City estimates show the project could come with a $140 million price tag.

The demolition and clean-up at the site should take around six weeks according to Grant Mackay Demolition Company.

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