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Utah City donates $20M in land to Huntsman Cancer Institute for Vineyard research campus

By Carlene Coombs - | Jan 26, 2024
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This photo shows the land area for the new Huntsman Cancer Institute campus in Vineyard, announced Friday, Jan. 26, 2024.
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A rendering of Utah City showing the location of the Huntsman Cancer Institute campus.

The developers for Utah City, a yet-to-be-built mixed-used development in Vineyard, announced a $20 million, 20-acre land donation to the Huntsman Cancer Institute on Friday for the center’s new research campus.

The donation comes from developers Woodbury Corp. and Flagship Cos. The Huntsman Cancer Institute campus will be located just north of the new Vineyard FrontRunner station on a 48-acre plot, according to a press release.

“This new campus will enable us to expand access to our world-class cancer research and leading-edge cancer care as an integral part of a vibrant, health-centered community,” Mary Beckerle, CEO of Huntsman Cancer Institute and a biology professor at the University of Utah, said in the press release thanking the developers. “The proximity to Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University further enhances our ability to collaborate with academic institutions and foster hands-on learning for the next generation of cancer scientists and health care providers.”

The Huntsman Cancer Institute is part of the University of Utah and is a designated National Cancer Institute center servicing Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

“Through this donation to Huntsman Cancer Institute, we’re not content with just building structures; we’re creating a cancer-fighting hub in the center of our walkable city,” said Nate Hutchison, co-managing partner of Flagship Cos. “Our community is designed around active living, aiming to prevent cancer one step at a time. Welcoming one of the crown jewels of Utah is an honor–a beautiful legacy for all of us in this county and region.”

According to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, rural Utah residents’ five-year cancer survival rate is 5% lower than cancer patients in metropolitan areas and the center in Utah County will bring services to those communities.

“It is a privilege to have such a venerable, lifesaving facility as a partner and resident of Utah County,” said Jeff Woodbury Sr., vice president of development and acquisitions for Woodbury Corp. “This is something that is needed. Fighting cancer and finding a cure requires a lot of resources. We are honored and humbled to contribute our resources to the cause.”

“Wellness and innovation will always be a top priority throughout the development of Utah City, and Huntsman Cancer Institute is a leader in both of those fronts,” he added.

The new cancer research campus was first announced in late August with the announcement of the Utah City development, which will span 700 acres in Vineyard just east of Utah Lake.

According to previous Daily Herald reporting, the campus will provide 150 beds for patients as well as many jobs.

Utah City, which developers say emphasizes sustainability and walkability, will contain hundreds of housing units, open spaces, shopping, dining and entertainment.

Developers also announced a grocery store for Utah City in September, something lacking in Vineyard, which will be located near FrontRunner station and the cancer research center.

As of Friday, there isn’t a timeline for the beginning of construction on the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s new campus.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to accurately reflect the land donation amount.


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