City officials have unanimously approved a recommendation to rename the Ogden Regional Center after former Gov. Scott M. Matheson.

A draft letter to the state Building Board requesting the name change for the state building credits Matheson with being instrumental in getting the facility built downtown six years ago."I hope they'll take it with some serious consideration," Mayor Scott Sneddon said Thursday.

Matheson died of bone marrow cancer Oct. 7 at age 61.

In the early 1980s, project planners sought to locate the building in a mostly residential area. City officials approached Matheson, asking him to intercede with the building board to have them consider a downtown site.

That done, the state and city put together a package approved by the Utah Legislature. To complete the deal, Ogden bought the downtown property, which was exchanged for state surplus property of equal value.

Haun presented the idea to the Weber County Commission two weeks ago and received a lukewarm reception. Commissioners didn't dislike the suggestion, but said there are other individuals for whom the building could be named.