MARRIOTT-SLATERVILLE — Ogden Business Depot representatives have proposed burying power lines along 1200 West and replacing a ditch along the causeway to address persistent complaints from some Marriott – Slaterville residents resulting from the addition of seven new warehouses along the roadway.
“We have tried to do what we can to minimize the impact of our construction activities on your residents, but we realize that, as with any construction, there are challenges,” said Aaron Austad, Managing Director of BDO. , in a letter to Marriott-Slaterville. Mayor Scott Van Leeuwen.
Van Leeuwen, in response, said Monday he believed the sides could find common ground. Austad sent the letter in response to an earlier missive Van Leeuwen had sent to BDO officials detailing a list of concerns about the BDO project, on the BDO property inside Ogden but just across 1200 west of a Marriott-Slaterville neighborhood.
“They helped us a lot,” Van Leeuwen said, calling the letter “very constructive.” BDO officials ‘encroached on a space and did things they said they weren’t going to do,’ the mayor continued, but he said he was trying to focus on resolving the situation. .
BDO is nearing completion of seven warehouses on the east side of 1200 West between 400 North and Mill Creek to the south, some of them up to 45 feet tall. The 42.4-acre parcel where they sit was largely vacant, and many owners of Marriott-Slaterville just west have cried foul, saying the new structures cast a shadow over their homes, impede access to the Internet and more.
This prompted complaints from many residents and Van Leeuwen’s letter, dated March 7, leading to Austad’s response, dated March 15, although it apparently only reached mailboxes at the end of last week or weekend. In Austad’s letter, the BDO official addresses the various concerns of Marriott-Slaterville residents.
He said BDO officials were willing to remove utility poles along the east side of 1200 West and bury utility lines, allowing taller trees to be planted, creating a better buffer between warehouses and residents to the west. Such a project would cost more than $500,000. Alternatively, BDO officials are prepared to install a fence between the new warehouses and 1200 West, although they cannot both bury the power lines and build the fence.
“We believe removing the posts is the best long-term option, but we’ll leave it up to you to make the call,” Austad’s letter read.
Water pooling on the east side of 1200 west, raising the specter of mosquitoes, was also a concern. Austad proposed to replace a ditch along the road that had been filled in as part of the construction project, allowing water to flow into Mill Creek to the south.
Large warehouses hampered wireless Internet access for some Marriott-Slaterville residents, and Austad noted that the BDO, in response, installed antennas on new buildings to remedy the problems. They also increased the carrying capacity to accommodate a resident’s needs.
“Since then, we have had no complaints about speed and were even told that the service was superior to what was previously available,” the letter read. Connext, he continued, is ready to install fiber along 12oo West to increase wired Internet access.
Van Leeuwen also noted problems with lighting on new warehouse structures, asking that it be reduced. Austad said some lights were removed in response, but door lighting is needed, although it only activates when the doors are in use.
Van Leeuwen had also cited issues with dust blowing west from the project site to the homes of Marriott-Slaterville residents. Austad said he was not aware of any problems, “particularly with the frozen ground we’ve had for the past few months”. However, he said he would forward the concerns to the project contractor.
“I know this has been a painful process for you and your team and I appreciate your willingness to work with us over the past year,” Austad wrote in the letter.
In related news, officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Utah Department of Environmental Quality are scheduled to participate in a virtual rally with the public this week regarding the discovery during the process of construction of three empty barrels buried underground where the new warehouses were built. Oil residue was found on the barrels, but it posed no significant threat or danger and was removed, Austad said last year.