Wasatch Educational Revises Offer to Provo City on its Proposed Medical Education Campus
Wasatch Educational today announced a change in its request for an option on the southwestern wedge of the East Bay Golf Course from its proposal to the City of Provo for a proposed medical education campus. Instead, the offer includes a right of first refusal on this section, if Provo City makes the property available in the future.
“Based on the feedback we received from the community and in evaluating outcomes, we believe this is the best solution for us and the community to come to a win-win result,” said Dr. Richard Nielsen, vice president of Wasatch Educational.
The Wasatch Educational proposal, subject to approval by the Provo Municipal Council, recommends building the proposed medical education campus on 21 acres of the northwestern part of the East Bay Golf Course (approximately 11 percent of the total golf course acreage).
The campus would include the proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine and a new location for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
“We love Provo,” said Nielsen. “From the very beginning, we wanted to bring this opportunity to Provo. We started here, we work here, we serve here, and we want to stay here.”
Once approved by the Provo Municipal Council, the proposed campus would be built on a three-hole location of the northwestern portion of the golf course and includes an additional, privately-owned parcel directly north of the course, which is under contract for purchase. Provo City would professionally move those three holes of the northwestern part of the golf course to the southeast corner at the expense of the developers.
According to a third-party impact study, if the proposed medical education campus is built, it would provide a positive economic impact for the city, especially for South Provo and the East Bay area. The study demonstrates the result would expand the property tax base, help the Provo School District, create many new jobs and provide many years of further construction business to the area.
These plans include significant green space in and around the proposed campuses, creating a park-like atmosphere to protect and preserve the environment, nature, wildlife, and birdlife.