Ogden City Community & Economic Development
What started as a short two week design charette as a follow up exercise to Todd Johnsons Utah State Studio exploring Ogden as a City ripe with development opportunities because of their existing Rail Yards and future development opportunities in a comparative exercise to Denver’s LoDo, and RiNo Districts ended up in full Master Plan study done in collaboration with Design Workshop.
Design Workshop and their 30 plus years experience led the way on the Master Planning efforts by creating a 25 year vision plan that was centered on how to solve a 10 billion dollar budget gap. While we collaborated on the project as a whole we were laser focused on ensuring the historic architectural character of 25th Street and the surrounding neighborhoods were preserved by creating design guidelines that focused on what makes Ogden authentic today, and what will preserve this character moving forward.
We believe Ogden will be a major contributing city along the Wasatch Front in the future, it’s a city dripping with history and character, and has all the right components of what today’s Urban dwellers are looking for as they are fleeing the major coastal cities.
Gregory Walker, Todd Johnson, Nick Lorenzo, Jon Turkula, Gurkirat Singh, and Chimso Onwuegbu
The framework for Episode 1 is intended to reinforce Ogden’s beloved civic attributes – including Union Station, Historic 25th Street and the Municipal Gardens – through the redevelopment of vacant or underutilized properties in the core of downtown, as well as the improvement of public spaces that connect them.
Design Workshop; Robb Berg, Alex Hill, Chris Geddes, Tarana Hafiz
Episode 2 capitalizes on the momentum of Downtown infill and transportation/streetscape projects from the previous episode, with a particular emphasis on the build-out of the Union Station campus and its connection to the larger downtown area.
With the majority of vacant land downtown turned into revenue and tax generating development for the City, Episode 3 focuses largely on the assembly of under-performing and underutilized parcels to create new development opportunities to support Ogden’s financial and social health.
With the majority of the downtown core expected to see redevelopment and revitalization during the previous episodes, and with a need to continue to add new employment and residential growth to unlock the full potential of Downtown Ogden, Episode 4 moves the emphasis for redevelopment to focus on the rail yards.
Images: courtesy of Design Workshop