VINEYARD — Utah Valley University may be the first major tenant in the massive Geneva Development project along the shore of Utah Lake.

The UVU Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 100 acres, valued at $20 million, at a meeting Thursday night. The expansion still must be approved by the Utah Board of Regents.

Anderson Geneva Development plans to donate half of the value to UVU, which would be the first big entrant into the 1,700-acre mixed-used community planned for the former site of Geneva Steel. The development includes space for residential, retail, office and industrial tenants on the eastern shore of Utah Lake.

"Utah Valley University is still growing to meet the higher education needs of Utah residents," said Val Peterson, UVU vice president of administration and legislative affairs, in a press release. "We are excited at the prospect of expanding our campus into Geneva. Surroundings are important to learning, and we anticipate a beautiful setting for our students, faculty and staff surrounded by a vibrant community."

— Lana Groves