News Article | January 31, 2024
Utah City Donates $20M in Land to Huntsman Cancer Institute for Vineyard Research 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.