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The Ogden Pioneer Days office in the 1800 block of Washington Boulevard in Ogden, pictured, Thursday, October 20, 2022. The structure would be razed to make way for the proposed Parkway Apartments development in the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Washington Boulevard.

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Plans showing the proposed development of Parkway apartments in the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Washington Boulevard in Ogden.

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Site of the proposed Parkway apartment development in the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Washington Boulevard, pictured Thursday, October 20, 2022. Former Roy’s Auto and Washington Heights Baptist Church structures were razed to clear space.

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Site of the proposed Parkway apartment development in the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Washington Boulevard, pictured Thursday, October 20, 2022. Former Roy’s Auto and Washington Heights Baptist Church structures were razed to clear space.

Tim Vandenack, Standard Examiner
















OGDEN – Development along Washington Boulevard in Ogden is progressing.

New plans are emerging for more housing along the busy thoroughfare – in the 1700 and 1800 blocks of the road, stretching from the Ogden River Walk and the Ogden Pioneer Days office building to the north to 17th Street. Several structures have already been razed as plans move forward, and the small Pioneer Days building would also potentially be put on the chopping block to accommodate the development.

The hundred apartments on offer in the 2.5-acre lot on Washington’s east side would complement rowhouses rising rapidly across the street to the west near the former site of the Slackwater Restaurant in the booming Riverbend neighborhood. North of the location of Boardwalk projectas it is nicknamed, in the 1400 block of Washington, another development consisting of townhouses, apartments and more is underway.

Earlier this month, the Ogden Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning sought by developers, the Parkway Group, and the proposal will eventually go to Ogden City Council for formal consideration. To accommodate their development plans, the Parkway Group also wants a section of River Drive in the area to be vacated and wants to acquire the city-owned land where the Pioneer Days building is located.

“We’re working with Pioneer Days to get them a new office, probably closer to the rodeo grounds,” Ogden planning manager Barton Brierley said, referring to Pioneer Stadium to the east along 17th Street. . The old Roy’s Auto and Washington Heights Baptist Church structures to the north have already been demolished as plans move forward.

The Parkway Group partners are a brother and sister team, Johanna and Paul Droubay, who have family roots in Weber County. Their plans call for up to 109 apartments in two five-story buildings and approximately 3,900 square feet of retail space. A cafe could take shape alongside the Ogden River Walk to cater to cyclists, joggers and others who use the path.

“It’s an incredible location, bounded by the bike path and the Ogden River to the south and Washington Boulevard to the west, with spectacular mountain views and easy access to downtown, not to mention the rodeo grounds and the Lorin Farr pool and skate park directly to the east,” the Droubays wrote in their proposal to city officials. “We feel a strong sense of responsibility to create a development worthy of this unique location.”

Brierley welcomed the proposal.

“It’s a good revitalization,” he said, noting the “underutilized commercial buildings” in the area. He senses strong support for the plans and said the development would bring “a lot of energy and vitality” to the area.

The units would be market-priced apartments, Brierley said, and city officials are in talks with developers about possible financial incentives.

The Parkway project site would be divided by property at 1738 Washington Blvd., not included in the proposal. A smoking room is installed there.

As for other nearby development initiatives, Salt Lake City-based Lotus Co. is building 70-72 townhouses across the street along the Ogden River, west of Washington. Thirty are taking shape on the south side of the river west of the Ogden River Brewery while another 40 to 42 are to be built north of the river on the land west of Washington Boulevard.

Further north, on the 5.2-acre parcel in the 1400 block of Washington Boulevard, Heritage Land Holdings plans 68 new townhouses as well as commercial space and apartments.



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