After residing in the same home for 51 years, Harold and Roma Layton, both 82, are moving. But their move isn't far - just four blocks down the street into another small South Salt Lake home.

Following months of negotiation, the Laytons sold their home at 50 E. Stratford Ave. to FHP, which is constructing a multimillion-dollar hospital campus. The 28-acre development, which stretches from I-80 to 2700 South, between State and Main Streets, will include a 117-bed hospital.FHP Health Care officials announced Friday they have reached mutually satisfactory purchase agreements with 100 percent of the property owners living on the redevelopment site.

Less than a month ago, a handful of residents refused to accept what they considered too little money for their property. The Laytons received an offer of $35,000 for their home but said it wasn't enough to find a comparable property else-where.

But on Friday the world looked brighter to them.

"Everything is going better," Roma Layton said. "It isn't as good as we'd like, but we can put up with it."

According to Roma Layton, FHP has not only agreed to pay them $40,000 for their home but is making arrangements to relocate them. "It isn't much fun to move at age 82, but they said they'd move us," she said.

"Overall, now that they have signed offers, residents are looking forward in a positive manner," said Jonnalyn Walker, executive director of South Salt Lake's Redevelopment Agency. Purchase prices were individually negotiated through Consolidated Realty Group and the RDA, based on property tax assessments and independent professional appraisals. "Longtime residents have managed to keep their sense of humor through some trying times."

Not everyone is as contented as the Laytons.

Mitchell said FHP continues to negotiate with a portion of the businesses and landlords in the redevelopment area that FHP will use for future phases of the hospital campus.

"We completed negotiations on the property we need for the first phase of our hospital campus months ago," Mitchell said. "While we are planning obtaining the remaining parcels."


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FHP will hold a groundbreaking celebration on Tuesday, June 11, from 10-11 a.m. at its new hospital campus, 2550 South State St.