The Ogden School District wants to build homes on four of the five acres occupied by the old Lorin Farr School.
Superintendent Jim West unveiled the proposal to raze the old school on the southwest corner of 22nd Street and Harrison Boulevard and make money on the property.In addition to the homes, the remaining acre would be developed and sold as commercial property. City officials would have to approve rezoning the site for commercial use because the entire five acres currently is zoned for residential development.
West told school board members Monday night the Lorin Farr property has been on the market for several years without a buyer. The district closed the school 11 years ago when enrollment began to decline.
West said district administrators envision building 12 to 15 homes on the site, each having three bedrooms and costing between $65,000 and $69,000.
Design technology and construction manpower would be provided by the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology Center, which has been looking for ways to provide its students with practical experience in such fields, he said.
The superintendent said the district is looking into getting a loan from the City Council acting as the Ogden Neighborhood Development Agency to pay for initial site preparation.
An appraisal in June 1985 estimated the property's value at $665,000. Horizons School had rented the building from the district from April 1981 until the summer of 1988.
In addition to getting rid of a building that has become a safety concern and an eyesore, West said, the district would benefit from drawing a dozen or more young families into the city, thereby increasing student population and the amount of pupil funding it receives from the state.
Board President R. Brent Cherrington complimented West for "an innovative idea."
"It looks good to me," he said.
The superintendent said he will again raise the proposal in January when the board has a joint meeting with the City Council.