Wasatch Educational to Begin Negotiating with Provo Mayor on Proposed Medical Education Campus
Provo Municipal Council approves northwestern portion of golf course as surplus property.
Wasatch Educational today announced that the Provo Municipal Council approved a resolution Tuesday to surplus the property known as the Northern Wedge of the East Bay Golf course opening the door for Mayor Michelle Kaufusi to begin negotiating terms with them to build a proposed medical education campus on the site.
The six to one vote by the Council clears one of the first major hurdles for Wasatch Educational to eventually build a medical education campus on approximately 21 acres of the northwestern portion of the East Bay Golf Course and a privately owned 7.8 acre parcel of land currently under contract.
“We are pleased to reach this point with the City of Provo,” said Dr. Richard Nielsen, vice president of Wasatch Educational and founding president of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. “This has been a collaborative effort with the Provo City administration, Mayor’s office, Parks and Recreation, and East Bay Golf Course officials. We appreciate everyone’s work and effort that allows us to move forward in negotiating final terms with Mayor Kaufusi for the construction of the medical education campus.”
The resolution placed the location on Provo City’s surplus property list and authorizes Mayor Kaufusi to negotiate concrete terms for the proposed sale with Wasatch Educational, which will be subject to final approval by the Council in a future hearing. The resolution also states the Council approval shall not be unreasonably withheld, based on the terms presented in Tuesday’s Council Meeting.
“Patience is a great trait to have as Mayor,” said Provo Mayor Kaufusi. “I’m grateful all of the parties, including the Provo Parks and Recreation Department, the principals of the proposed medical school, East Bay Golf Course, and the economic development group and City Administration, worked diligently to reach this point. I can guarantee to the Council, that I will negotiate a great deal that everyone can be proud of.”
Under the proposal, the developers of the proposed medical education campus will pay for the relocation of the three current golf holes to the southeastern portion of the course. The new holes will be designed, relocated, and playable before construction on the medical education campus begins.
“A medical school here in Provo will enhance opportunities,” said a Provo resident attending the Council meeting. “From a golfer’s point of view, it improves the golf course. From a health perspective, it enhances opportunities for medical students here in Utah and throughout the West.”