A Bountiful developer wants to turn land near

Lakeview Hospital into a research park for high-tech businesses.Scott McDonald, president of Scott McDonald Real Estate, said the site bordering Medical Drive at Second South and Fourth East is a perfect place for a small research park. Hopes are that the park would draw a mix of professional offices and clean industry.

"The main idea is to create an environment for a research park similar to one in Salt Lake. It would be a pristine, bench-type atmosphere away from the normal Bountiful congestion," McDonald said.

The park would also fit the plans of Davis County economic planners who want to attract biotechnology and other high-tech industries into the county. They have noted that there have been only a few locations for such businesses.

The park is projected to house up to 70,000 square feet of building space on the 10-acre site. By comparison, the University of Utah Research Park in Salt Lake City has about 320 acres and more than 1 million square feet of building space.

McDonald said that the project will help keep local businesses in Davis County.

Already, Bountiful-based AutoSimulations Inc. has agreed to lease 14,000 square feet of a 22,000 square-foot building under construction at the site. The firm markets computer software and consulting services for automated factory operations. The remaining 8,000 square feet could be used for office space or other high-tech industry.

That building and another are being contracted through the developer Interland Corp. Other medical office buildings already stand at the site. Improvements including roads, sewer and water have already been built into the site.

The land around the medical center became available after Hospital Corporation of America sold it an employee-controlled group, Health Trust. The new owners decided to sell excess property around the hospital, McDonald said.