City officials plan to start relocating residents of Laurelwood Trailer Park by midsummer while bulldozers wait in the wings to begin clearing the path for a new mall in south Provo.

The City Council approved an agreement Tuesday night to purchase the 19-acre park for $3.1 million, or about $3.76 per square foot. Located at about 200 West and 1500 South, the 150-space trailer park was the last major piece of land needed before construction on the mall can begin."Without this property, we have no mall," Mayor George Stewart said.

The proposed 1 million-square-foot, two-story Provo Fashion Mall will be built on 80 acres between University Avenue and I-15 south of 1200 South. The 125-store mall will be Utah's largest and is expected to cost more than $100 million.

About a month ago, developer John Price announced that the mall will be anchored by a 200,000-square-foot Dillard's department store. The Arkansas chain has Utah stores in Salt Lake City and Ogden. In the center of the mall will be an Olympic-size practice ice sheet.

"The mall will have a big long-term impact on the city," Stewart said.

The transaction with Laurel- wood's owners will be closed this week, and then city officials will begin working with tenants on individual relocation plans. Initial details of relocation possibilities were revealed for the first time Tuesday night and most Laurelwood residents appeared to be reassured by the city's promise to deal with them fairly.

"This will be done with friendly negotiations," Stewart said.

Jim Kenyon, a relocation expert hired by the city, said a relocation plan will be worked out for each Laurelwood tenant. Some trailers will be moved, some purchased and some tenants will be moved into upgraded trailers to meet standards of a new trailer park. Some tenants will be offered rental assistance and others will be offered down payment assistance to purchase a home. The city will pay moving expenses.

Each relocation plan must be approved by the mayor, and an appeals board will be established for those unhappy with their relocation proposal. City officials said it will be difficult to please all tenants, but if the city doesn't buy the property a private developer might. A private developer has to give tenants only 30 days' notice for eviction.

"The best person to buy it for your protection is the city of Provo," the mayor told Laurelwood residents.

The city hopes the park will be vacant by August. The council also approved an agreement to lease back the trailer court to operators until tenants are relocated. Stewart said the contractors need to begin excavating by late summer to prevent another year's delay on the mall project. Price's agreement with Dillard's says the mall must be complete by fall 1997.

"I think it's critical that we do this as soon as possible," the mayor said.

Councilwoman Shari Holweg was the only council member to vote against the sales agreement. She believes the agreement was negotiated on the misconception that the city couldn't condemn the property.

"Simply put, I think the sales price is too high," Holweg said.

The city paid about $3 per square foot for the first parcel of mall property it purchased and about $3.40 per square foot for the second section of mall land. Stewart said Rohit Joshi, the initial mall developer, promised landowners about $4 per square foot.

The land and relocation costs will come from about $9 million in short-term bonds that must be repaid in four years. The city plans to recoup the money from the developer or by retaining ownership in the mall. Stewart said he expects the new mall to bring in from $1.5 million to $2 million of additional sales tax revenues annually to city coffers, an increase of about 25 percent.