Ogden restoration projects bring vibrancy downtown
(KUTV)- The City of Ogden is seeing a transformation as it welcomes two new restoration projects.
On Friday, the Bigelow Hotel held its grand opening while the Monarch project broke ground.
The Bigelow was first opened in 1927 by Archie Bigelow. Now current ownership is taking the hotel back in time to the roaring 20s.
“There’s so much history in Ogden and our owners made sure they kept the integrity of the property,” Justin Clark, general manager of the hotel said.
His team has spent over a year restoring the building from the top down. The front lobby, rooms, and ballroom have all undergone extensive renovations.
Meanwhile, in back of the hotel crews are breaking ground on the Monarch.
Located on the corner of 25th Street and Ogden Avenue, the building was occupied by different automobile businesses until it was abandoned in 1993.
The Monarch will be a part of the Nine Rails Creative District. By spring 2019, it’s expected to be bustling with restaurants, coffee shops, and event space.
“The exciting part is really for the residents, they have more opportunities,” Tom Christopulos, director of community and economic development for the city of Ogden said.
Both the Bigelow Hotel and the Monarch hope to bring art and culture to Ogden.
“We’re neighbors that are going to work together to make this area a place for people to come to,” Clark said.