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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Mayor Matthew Godfrey wants to attract the right sort of people to live downtown -- the sort who own horses.
Godfrey announced Thursday that the city will provide free use of the stables at Ogden Stadium for those who buy homes at the Union Square, Legacy Park and Jefferson Townhomes developments near the downtown area.
"This is a pretty exciting announcement for us because this brings a representation of what urban housing can be," Godfrey said. "We think that's a demographic that lives in the community that is in a time of their lives that they want to shed the farm life and head to urban living."
Ogden will provide room for up to 30 horses in the stable and continue to maintain the facility.
Community Services Director John Patterson said the facility goes virtually unused for 11 months out of the year, with the main activity during the Ogden Rodeo during Ogden Pioneer Days in July.
Godfrey said the new residents will be able to ride their horses at the rodeo arena, or just haul them by trailer for a ride within 20 minutes of downtown.
"This provides an opportunity for them to have a more leisurely lifestyle," Godfrey said.
The mayor said the city will consider developing equestrian trails in the future, depending on demand.
Godfrey said the city hopes to attract more people to buy homes, condominiums or town houses downtown.
"Once people come in, they are the greatest advocates for urban living," Godfrey said. "We want those projects to sell quickly."
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