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Sandy Cochran, a village resident at the Prominence Point development in Ogden, stands in a field where a standalone living facility was due to be built on Friday, May 6, 2022. New plans call for 12 townhouses and a clubhouse on the land instead. .

Tim Vandinak, Standard Examiner

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A new developer may acquire part of the Village at Prominence Point development in North Ogden, including the undeveloped plot of land where the apartment buildings will be built. Earth was photographed on Friday, May 6, 2022.

Tim Vandinak, Standard Examiner

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Sandy Cochran, a village resident at the Prominence Point development in Ogden, stands near a field where a standalone living facility was due to be built on Friday, May 6, 2022. New plans call for 12 townhouses and a clubhouse on the land instead. .

Tim Vandinak, Standard Examiner

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The documents show the scheme for the revamped development of the Village at Prominence Point in North Ogden.

Image source: North Ogden City

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Sandy Cochran, a village resident at the Prominence Point development in Ogden, stands in a field where a standalone living facility was due to be built on Friday, May 6, 2022. New plans call for 12 townhouses and a clubhouse on the land instead. .

Tim Vandinak, Standard Examiner

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North Ogden – Ownership of as yet undeveloped land in the village may change at the Prominence Point development, the focus of controversy and complaints by some who live there.

This has at least one resident breathing an initial sigh of relief. If the proposed sale goes ahead, plans for a proposed independent living facility, which have fueled some fires, will be scrapped.

“I never thought this big building would go away,” said Sandy Cochran, whose house is in the country adjacent to the land her seniors’ home was to be built, three to four stories high.

Besides adjustments to development plans, the change of ownership means Arizona developer Jack Barrett, the main force behind Village at Prominence Point, will not be involved in the project. That would be a big problem, Cochran says. The area is spread over 33 acres on the west side of Washington Boulevard north of 1700N.

“Huge, huge,” she said, “because he didn’t listen to us.” Barrett was not immediately available for comment on Friday.

Dean Ito, who lives in the yard of a house in Village at Prominence Point, is afraid to get too excited, waiting for the actual change of ownership. “I’m a cautious optimist,” she said, “but I’m very cautious.”

The Village at Prominence Point project was the subject of heated debate when North Ogden City Council approved plans in 2017 for the sprawling development of homes, patio homes, apartments, and more. As approved, the schemes call for more than 600 housing units.

Since then, it has become the focus of intermittent controversy, with some residents lamenting the lack of promised amenities, such as a pool and clubhouse. At the same time, news of the independent living facility on a 1.35-acre island surrounded by patio homes and townhouses came as a surprise to some, raising fears that it would obscure mountain views of current residents and generate more vehicular traffic than the surrounding street. He can handle it.

Potential developers are Unified Business Alliance and Davies Design Build. A representative of the partners, Greg Cronin, addressed North Ogden City Council about the plans at the commission’s April 26 meeting. The two entities would acquire part or all of the undeveloped portions of the Village at Prominence Point from the Barrett, Meritage Companies and others who now control the land.

Cronin said the developers are aiming to build “better communities” in projects like Village at Prominence Point, given the relatively high housing density. Most of the planned cottages and patio homes have been built or built in Village at Prominence Point while new developers, if they get the land, will take over construction of the planned apartments, which have yet to begin.

“How do we go from trusts for people to communities, because we know we have a lot of people who are going to be living more closely together,” Cronin said. The new developers will also acquire land for commercial development on the east side of the property adjacent to Washington Boulevard, according to North Ogden City attorney John Cole.

If the sale materializes, the new plans call in part to scrap the independent living facility and instead put 12 townhouses and a clubhouse on the land it would have been sitting in.

“A thousand times better,” Cochran said, “because it would be two-story houses.”

The lower level of the cottages means the views will not be obstructed. The lower number of condominiums, 12 houses versus 68 apartments in the large complex, means fewer cars and less potential traffic congestion. Meanwhile, plans to create the club mean residents will get at least some of the entertainment they say they have been promised.

Also as part of the plans, Cronin said the new developers will increase the size of two apartment buildings planned in the eastern part of the village on the Prominence Point property — which is still vacant and awaits development — from three to four stories. This will allow the development of more apartments – to be geared towards the elderly – to make up for the lost units by eliminating the independent living facility.

The number of housing units will actually increase from 607 to 619 under the Consolidated Business Alliance / Davies Design Build proposal. The number of parking spaces will also increase from 1,204 to 1,299.

“The staff is a true supporter of this project. We believe the developer has the potential to take the project across the finish line and make it something good for the community,” North Ogden Planning Director Scott Hess told officials at the April 26 meeting.

Council members would have to agree to the proposed project changes, and some indicated support for the proposal.

“I like what you did,” said council member Phil Swanson. Council member Charlotte Ekström added that the plans made sense and that she liked the redesign.

Cole said the city council will formally consider the changes at its May 24 meeting.

If the plans are approved and the sale goes through, Cole said, “it will likely take 12 to 18 months before any housing unit is rented.” The new developer “will be in control of the schedule and likely push his team hard to get the buildings done very soon.”

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