OGDEN — The old Millstream Motel is gone for good and Ogden City officials say the buildings that remain on the former structure's nearly 5-acre plot will soon follow suit.
And though the city doesn't own the property, it is eyeing the demolition progress with interest.
The parcel, which sits at 1450 Washington Blvd. and also includes an old KFC building, is owned by Michael Moyal. He said the property is for sale and he doesn't have any plans for it, other than to "turn it into a dirt field."
"My goal was to clean up the property," Moyal said. "That's being done right now and then the next step is to sell it and let somebody else redevelop it."
The property is now being marketed for sale by Mountain West Commercial Real Estate.
Ogden Deputy Director of Community of Economic Development Brandon Cooper said the city has wanted the old motel taken care of for some time. It's been vacant for years and grew more and more dilapidated as time went by. The city engaged in discussions with Moyal on a potential redevelopment project, but a deal never materialized.
"(Demolition is) a good thing," Cooper said. "On the city side, we'd been working under a notice and order and we didn't quite execute that, so he voluntarily chose to take those steps to tear it down. It saves us money and time and effort and he's really doing the right thing. It was in terrible condition."
As buildings at the site continue to fall, Moyal said the old KFC could stay intact a while longer. He said during some inspections, he discovered what he calls some potentially historic elements on the building.
Cooper said the property, which features the running Mill Creek, is a potentially "beautiful site," which could be ideal for multi-family housing and commercial developments along the frontage.
"That part of the city, between 18th and 12th (streets), is really is the next frontier in terms of our focus," he said. "We've focused heavily on the downtown and we always will ... but from 18th to 12th and from 26th to 32nd, those are areas that have really been neglected and are going to need our focus in the next few years."
During a recent city council work session, Ogden Council member Doug Stephens expressed concerns about the Millstream property, saying any redevelopment there should fit with the city's vision for the area. Cooper and Ogden Chief Administrative Officer Mark Johnson said any new development there would have to be approved by the city's planning commission.