Why is the City Redevelopment Agency proposing to partner with a private developer to facilitate the WonderBlock development?
  • Based on the Make Ogden Downtown Master Plan that envisioned a significant high-quality mixed-use development at the site – providing new residencies, retail, office, grocery and hospitality – the City Redevelopment Agency (RDA) was contacted by several potential private developers that were interested in the site. 
  • Initial proposals fell short of meeting the type of development envisioned at such a high level.
  • Private development investment alone was not sufficient to achieve the vision and maximum impact of the site.
  • Therefore, the RDA decided to negotiate with a private developer that was willing to partner in a joint venture with the City RDA in order to accomplish all of the objectives – maximizing the potential of the highly visible site adjacent to the historic downtown district, including:
    • Reducing existing surface parking (not the highest/best use of downtown property),
    • Increasing business, job and residential activities in the downtown core – all benefitting existing businesses,
    • Increasing effective parking infrastructure that also serves adjacent areas,
    • Complimenting the existing historical and cultural assets – and the overall attractiveness of downtown Ogden as the place to live, work and visit. 

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1. Why is the redevelopment project called WonderBlock?
2. What is included in the WonderBlock development?
3. Why did the City Redevelopment Agency purchase the former Hostess/Wonder Bread property – now referred to as WonderBlock?
4. What is the Make Ogden Downtown Master Plan, and how does WonderBlock help achieve the plan objectives?
5. Why is the City Redevelopment Agency proposing to partner with a private developer to facilitate the WonderBlock development?
6. What process did the City RDA use to determine what developer to work with for the development?
7. What would happen if the City Redevelopment Agency (RDA) did not actively pursue and engage in developing the empty site proposed for the WonderBlock Development?
8. Who will own the WonderBlock development?
9. How much will WonderBlock cost to build and who is paying for it?
10. How much will the public parking system improvements downtown and the new parking structures at WonderBlock cost and how will it be paid for?
11. Will property taxes for citizens/property owners go up because the City is spending money on the WonderBlock development?
12. What will be some of the advantages of being a resident living at WonderBlock?
13. How will WonderBlock help attract visitors to Ogden?
14. How does WonderBlock support downtown retail?
15. Why is the WonderBlock development considered a better/more resilient project than some previous or potential projects?
16. With all of the new residential and commercial development bringing more people to downtown Ogden, where is everyone going to park their vehicles?
17. Where do I find out more information about WonderBlock?