Weber State University on Friday gained approval from the Utah Board of Regents to purchase a 10-acre lot in Hooper as the future site of a satellite campus.
The owner, who has been in negotiation with the university, is expected to accept a bid of $900,000 for the land at 5193 W. 5500 South.
There is no timetable for when planning or construction would begin, said Norm Tarbox, WSU’s vice president for administrative services.
“The Davis campus is doing a very good job for northern and central Davis County, and the Ogden campus serves the eastern part of the valley very well,” said Tarbox, who presented Weber State’s request at the Board of Regents meeting at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.
“The western part of the valley is hard to get to, and hard for a commute, so we’ve had a desire for quite some time to buy property out there to develop a satellite campus,” he said.
WSU currently rents space in a strip mall at 5627 S. 3500 West in Roy for Weber State University — West Center. The school’s ultimate goal would be to replace that space with a Hooper campus that would have more room for growth.
“Our idea for the Hooper campus at this time is perhaps a community college center, where the focus would be general education courses — things students need in the first two years of their college education,” Tarbox said.
“Most of our majors would continue to be offered at our Davis and Ogden campuses, but perhaps an associate degree could be offered in Hooper.
“But that’s really only in discussion at this time. We are pursuing the property as a land bank, with no timetable for its development and no concrete plans, knowing we want to be there. We are acquiring the land when it is an attractive environment.”
A proposed Legacy Highway extension would pass near the future campus.
“We looked into the proposed routes for Legacy, and it would be an important north-south corridor in the area,” Tarbox said. “We want to make informed decisions about where we develop the campus.”
Hooper incorporated in November 2000 and since then has nearly doubled its population, from 3,926 to 7,218, as of the 2010 census.
The Board of Regents also approved Weber State’s request to sell a 4.73-acre lot at 122 N. Flint St., in Kaysville, donated by the family of Elizabeth Barnes.
Weber has a $510,000 bid. Tarbox said the sale money would go toward the Hooper land purchase, with additional funds from previous land sales making up the balance of the $900,000.
Weber State is expanding its Davis campus in Layton with the $39.9 million Professional Programs classroom building, expected to open in fall 2013.