Dixie State University President Richard “Biff” Williams, Alice Hiatt and DSU Vice President of Administrative Affairs Paul Morris pose on the steps of Hiatt’s house after she agreed to sell it the Dixie Foundation. | Dixie State University
As the growing school moved closer and closer to her home, Alice Hiatt knew she couldn’t move until she found a solution that fit just right
SALT LAKE CITY — If you live in St. George and need trousers altered or a dress hemmed, odds are you know Alice Hiatt.
For years, Hiatt has worked out of a shop attached to her home across the street from Dixie State University’s football stadium.
The campus has literally grown up around her as it has evolved from a junior college to a four-year college, and most recently to a university that last fall had an enrollment of nearly 11,200 students.
“I have a large clientele. If you Googled me on alterations you would see that I’m five stars, best ratings and all that stuff. My business is so busy,” Hiatt said.
Hiatt and her husband Lynn have lived for 20 years in the modest 1,078-square-foot home, which sits on about one-third of an acre. Theirs was the lone property that the university didn’t own on the Atwood Innovation Plaza block.
Over time, traffic increased to the point “that it’s hard for my customers to get in and out of my place and for us to get in and out of it,” said Hiatt.
But the couple had limited means, and the idea of moving elsewhere was complicated by St. George’s hot real estate market, the amount they could get for their home if they sold it and finding a place to live that meets their needs.
For several years the university let her know it was interested in buying her house, but …read more
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