OGDEN, Iowa—It’s taken a couple of years, but the Ogden Community is a step closer to realizing another goal, they will have a new medical clinic later this year. The Wellness Center has been a goal of Ogden Legacy, the communities Economic Development arm, the City Council and many other residents and ground was officially broken on Wednesday afternoon. Mayor Kieth Berg says it started with the effort to remove, old delapitated buildings in downtown Ogden. It took others to revamp and re-energize the economic development group, leading to a name change to Ogden Legacy. It also took residents, willing to commit financially and become stakeholders in the communities future. Craig Christensen is helping to head Ogden Legacy and says removing the old buildings left empty lots and Ogden’s success will lead to building a $1-million, state of the art, medical clinic for the community. Christensen said the Leonard Good Trust made a major commitment to help with a $500,000 pledge, but residents have stepped up to add to that amount. The Boone County Hospital has agreed to a long term lease, purchase agreement, which Christensen says was necessary to be successful.
Dean Snyder Construction of Clear Lake is the general contractor for the project. 70-percent of the subcontractors for the project are local from Ogden or Boone County. Work is expected to begin almost immediately, weather permitting.