30th Street apartments rendering

OGDEN — A city council-approved rezone has cleared the way for a new, multi-family housing unit to be built in east-central Ogden.

On Tuesday, the Ogden City Council approved a rezone that will allow an 18-unit apartment complex to be built on 30th Street, just west of Adams Avenue. The rezone petition was made by project developers Justeene Blankenship and Andy Peterie.

Ogden Planning Manager Greg Montgomery said the front of the building will face 30th Street and the facility will include 29 parking stalls to the side and rear of the building. The architecture features a number of different facade materials, balconies for each unit, metal roofing and parapet walls to break up the roofline of the building.

Montgomery said a year ago, the city planning commission reviewed a proposal for a 15-unit development from a different developer. The current proposal adds more parking, includes less landscape, a slightly taller building and different architecture, Montgomery said.

At least one resident in the neighborhood was not happy with the development.

Lauren McNeil sent Ogden City a letter, saying among other things, she was concerned about the facility blocking western views of nearby single-family homes and the general presence of apartments. McNeil said the east-central area is already overrun with slum lords and poor quality, multi-family housing. She expressed worry that the new complex could lead to more of the same. She said she preferred that the single-family homes that had occupied the development lot could have been restored and kept.

Montgomery said the project is consistent with the T.O. Smith Community Plan, which guides development standards in the neighborhood. He said the multi-family development would be a “transition space” from the commercial zone immediately west of the property, to the single-family zone immediately east of it. Montgomery also said the development helps satisfy a need for additional, high-density housing in the area.

One issue that arose during discussion on the proposal was the developers’ request for the city to allow a vinyl fence on the property — a departure from the development agreement that stipulated the fencing must be masonry. Peterie said the request was made to help reduce costs associated with the project. He said total cost for the entire project was around $3 million.

Council members expressed concerns about the vinyl fence and a developer trying to cut costs, ultimately requiring the masonry fencing portion of the agreement to remain intact.

“I have never seen a vinyl fence that will outlast a brick,” said council member Rich Hyer. “It does concern me a little bit when the developer is trying to hit a price point ... Ogden is in a situation where we already have a lot of cheap housing.”

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