OGDEN — By this time next year, things could look drastically different in West Ogden.
Brandon Cooper, Ogden‘s deputy director of Community and Economic Development, said progress is being made in the city’s Trackline Economic Development project, with a new brewery scheduled to be up before the year is out and one of the area’s most recognizable buildings expected to come down early in the spring.
The redevelopment project includes 122 acres between 24th Street and Middleton Road from the railroad tracks to G Avenue. Beginning in the 1930s, the area was home to the Ogden livestock yards and was once a thriving economic hub. When the stock yards were shut down in the 1970s, the area quickly grew dilapidated and had been mostly uninhabited until Trackline was established in 2013.
The development includes a mix of commercial, manufacturing and light industrial space, including a 51-acre outdoor recreation business park called the Ogden Business Exchange. The park is centered around the historic Ogden Exchange building, once the administrative home of the stock yards.
Today, a mix of local and international companies now do business out of the park. Ogden-based Enve Composites, a manufacturer of high-end carbon fiber bicycle wheels and components, and the Italian bicycle components manufacturer and distributor Selle Royal Company both have facilities at the park.
Cooper said construction on the Roosters Brewing Company’s 13,000-square-foot production brewery will be finished sometime in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Located near the intersection of Exchange Road and B Avenue, the Roosters B Street Brewery will feature a “quick bites menu,” a tap room, an outdoor amphitheater and dining area.
The campus will also include an additional 6,000 square feet of retail and manufacturing space.
The city is working with the Environmental Protection Agency to prepare the old Swift building for demolition, Cooper said, with the building likely being razed in the spring. The iconic warehouse sits just east of the stockyards was once home to the defunct Swift meat packing plant. The building has most recently been used by Smith & Edwards as storage facility.
Cooper said there is a potential buyer for the Swift property and two other parcels of land on the development.
General landscaping is set to be completed in the area before winter.
“It’s really going to start looking like a businesses park,” Cooper said.
Just over a year ago, the city extended the tax break period for the project, allowing tax increment to be used there for 12 years beyond what was originally approved.
For a specified time period — or up to a certain dollar amount — future increases in property tax revenue are used in the redevelopment effort, a mechanism called Tax Increment Financing.
The city often uses TIF to incentivize developers to build and it can also be used for things like street and utility improvements, hazardous waste removal, property acquisition and the demolition of blighted buildings.
The TIF extension for Trackline allows the mechanism to be uses there until 2045.