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Keith McCord Reporting "The Junction" is the new focal point of downtown Ogden, and the party is about to begin. For years, Ogden has worked at trying to revitalize the area after the old mall was demolished. The spot was kind of an empty hole; but it's a hole no longer. Tonight marks the beginning of a new Ogden.
A few years ago, you probably wouldn't have heard Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey say something like this: "People will actually come to Ogden from Salt Lake and Provo and Logan because we're gonna have unique things that they can't experience anywhere else." But he proudly can say it now, because it's true. It's called "The Junction", and it brings together just about everything.
If you want to see a movie, there's a 13-screen Megaplex. If you want to go bowling, it's there. You can get in a workout, scale a big climbing wall, enjoy indoor boarding and surfing and if you want to, you can fly! No kidding! "The Junction" complex is anchored by the Solomon Center--a high-adventure recreation complex, and it's the first of its kind in the nation. And that's a key point to all this.
Mayor Godfrey says when this project began five years ago the city took a risk. Trying to attract retailers and new businesses and get them to locate downtown is not an easy sell.
Mayor Godfrey explains, "It's really tough to keep and attract retailers to an urban center, but they will if there's something unique, dynamic and different that they feel like, ‘Hey that's enough of a draw that we're willing to risk going to a downtown location.'"
From now until 10 o'clock, residents can get a so-called "Sneak Peek" at everything there with a wristband. The wristbands cost $30, and you can do just about everything there for free--even eat! The bands are on sale at the Solomon Center and the party goes until 10:00.