New Construction Driving Ogden, Utah

Mall readies for retailers, plus numerous new office buildings


Amy Wicks, a City Council member who opposed the 2005 financing for the project, said she nonetheless is cheering its success.

Not only must it act as a catalyst, but it also must succeed financially if the city is to avoid spending money it makes off Business Depot Ogden to pay for mall debt. The money is desperately needed for infrastructure improvements, she said.

"Even if I don't agree with the funding mechanism or how we got here, we're here and we need to work together to make it successful," said Wicks. "There is a lot hinging on this."

THE JUNCTION SNEAK PREVIEW

--What: The Salomon Center and Megaplex 13. Visitors who buy $25 wristbands will be able to bowl, play miniature golf, ride bumper cars, see a movie (space available), have a free buffet meal, and check out the FlowRider pool, iFly wind tunnel or iRock climbing wall. (Online wristband buyers will be entered in drawings for the last three attractions.)

--Where: The Junction, 23rd Street and Grant Avenue in downtown Ogden.

--When: Friday from 5 to 10 p.m.

--Information: Go to www.envisionogden.org.

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