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Gated community opens its door in Ogden Valley

Building set to begin, but guidelines keep a focus on aesthetics

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HUNTSVILLE — An Ogden Valley development is ready to open the gate to builders.

Ski Lake Corp. has opened The Summit at Ski Lake at the intersection of U.S. 39 and Snowbasin Road, and company officials are characterizing the community as the first gated development in the valley.

The area will be accessed by an electronic gate made of wrought iron and stone columns that is designed to blend with the mountainside and still provide security and privacy.

"We expect a lot of our buyers will be coming from back East, and that's something they're familiar with," said Lisa Catanzaro, Ski Lake's vice president. "They like that sense of security. There's not a wall around the whole community, but people feel if they build a nice home, they want the gate there."

Located eight miles east of Ogden near Snowbasin Ski Resort and Pineview Reservoir, the development has been slow in coming. The idea for Ski Lake, a series of villages, has been around for 20 years. Only the Ski Lake Estates, a 20-lot housing area, is further along than The Summit among the villages in the overall Ski Lake plan.

Although the Ski Lake concept was hatched two decades ago, the housing market in the Ogden Valley was slow until recent years, and Ron Catanzaro, Lisa's husband and the company president, has been focusing on the work full-time for about three years.

Roads are in place along half the lots at The Summit, and design elements are being determined. Utilities already are in place. But the development pace of The Summit and other Ski Lake properties "depends on how these sell," Lisa Catanzaro said. "We do things slowly. We've been at this 20 years, and we know it depends on what the market is like."

However long it takes, the Catanzaros are insisting that the development not be aesthetically jarring. "The Summit is designed to complement, not overtake, the mountain's natural beauty," Ron Catanzaro said.

Strict developer covenants and guidelines will mean little of the property will be disturbed in an attemptto ensure a natural setting, Lisa Catanzaro said.

The Summit is one of five Ski Lake villages planned for property adjacent to Snowbasin Road near Pineview Reservoir. "We've spent an enormous amount of time researching environmental and architectural issues. The Summit at Ski Lake will be the crowning glory of what I believe will be the most beautiful community in Ogden Valley," Ron Catanzaro said.

A commercial development across Snowbasin Road from The Summit has come under fire from some residents who believe the Catanzaros will build a four-story shopping center there, but building height limitations in the valley keep any construction at the intersection to no more than 2 1/2 stories. Lisa Catanzaro said that area's tallest structure will be two stories.

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