NORTH OGDEN — The few roadways in place are dirt.
Much of the land that’s to become homes, condos, townhomes and apartments remains undeveloped and overgrown.
But after years of negotiations with the city, the massive Village at Prominence Point project off the west side of Washington Boulevard north of 1700 North in North Ogden is finally edging ahead. With its 600-plus proposed housing units spread over 33 acres, the development, which received a green light from the city in October 2017, could ultimately bring 1,200 or more residents to the city.
“It is a big development. That’s why it took us seven years to get it through the city,” said Lori Lee, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in Ogden who’s helping market the location.
For now, three structures that’ll house several townhomes each are taking shape, one of the planned patio homes is under contract and more is in the offing. Crews have been on site building for about two months now, and Lee says the work is to continue in earnest through the summer and beyond. “Now it’s going to start moving pretty quick,” she said.
The network of roads linking the planned patio homes, townhomes, apartment structures and more should be finished over the summer, she thinks. Ultimately, Village at Prominence Point — which also contains pads for several commercial developments between 1700 North and 1900 North along Washington Boulevard — should be filled within two or three years, Lee thinks. Demand for housing is strong and she singled out the many planned amenities that will be included in the development — two club houses with swimming pools, pickleball courts, 6.4-miles of walking trials, a fitness center, a splash pad and three playgrounds.
As city officials weighed Village at Prominence Point ahead of approving the plans in 2017, it had generated many questions and concerns from residents in the adjacent residential neighborhoods, consisting largely of single-family homes. Some were leery of the higher-density development in their midst, others worried about increased noise, car traffic and changed views from their homes. The late Brent Taylor, mayor at the time, had called it “the largest mixed-use project that will ever be built in the city.”
Lee, meantime, emphasized the close scrutiny the project has received and continues to receive from city officials given its size. Various stipulations put on developers by the city regarding ingress and egress of autos, parking, setbacks, building height and more are “somewhat overwhelming,” Lee said, but they aim to assuage community concerns.
Jack Barrett of Meritage Companies is the developer behind Village at Prominence Point. He didn’t respond to queries seeking comment.
APARTMENTS, TOWNHOMES, PATIO HOMES, CONDOS
Village at Prominence Point, as Lee describes it, would be able to accommodate people in all phases of their lives. Plans call for:
Around 400 apartment units spread in numerous buildings on the eastern side of the development.
114 townhomes, also in numerous structures. They would tentatively sell for around $245,000 to $260,000.
25 one-story patio homes measuring 1,215 square feet to 2,100 square feet, geared to those 55 and over. Prices would range from around $260,000 to $400,000.
As many as 68 condominiums in what was earlier to have been an assisted-living facility, also geared to those 55 and over.
Lee and Coldwell Banker are marketing the townhomes, patio homes and condominiums, to take shape on the western side of the development and to be sold to individual buyers. They are not involved in developing or marketing the apartment units, which would be rented.
As Lee understands it, though, the apartments are to be higher-end units, renting at around $1,250 a month. Jon Call, the North Ogden city attorney, said he doesn’t have any information on plans for development of the apartments. “We haven’t heard anything on the apartments yet. We’re waiting to see what happens with them,” he said.
Lee is also involved in marketing the commercial space along Washington Boulevard, on the east side of the development. A car wash is taking shape in one of the pads, but the others have yet to be sold.
“We would love to have a restaurant or some fun family-oriented things going there,” Lee said. Market interest, though, will dictate what tenants move in.
An assisted-living facility on an 8-acre lot off the southwest corner of the Village at Prominence Point location opened on June 1, developed separately and called The Lodge at North Ogden. According to Link Development, the Salem, Oregon, company that developed The Lodge, it contains 18 independent living units, 82 assisted-living units and a 30-bed “memory care” facility.