Hartford Times Building Backed For UConn Campus Relocation

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Long vacant Hartford Times building at Front Street has been picked by the University of Connecticut as the sitefor relocating  its West Hartford campus.

The rear portion of the Hartford Times building on Prospect Street would be demolished and replaced with a larger addition for a new UConn campus in the city. Photo by Kenneth R. Gosselin/kgosselin@courant.com

The University of Connecticut has chosen the former Hartford Times building as the site of its downtown Hartford campus, attracted by the building’s central location in the city, sources said Monday.

UConn hopes to move its West Hartford campus there in 2016 or 2017.

Sources familiar with the university’s thinking said that UConn will now negotiate an agreement with Front Street developer HB Nitkin Group, which proposed the site for the relocation. The building is part of the Front Street district, and Nitkin has development rights. The state already owns the Times building.

If a final agreement is reached, UConn’s board of trustees must approve the deal. UConn could reconsider other sites if the full board does not back the Times building.

The campus is expected to bring 2,200 students and 300 faculty and staff members downtown, a significant boost to a city struggling to increase foot traffic beyond the 9-to-5 workday.

The long-vacant Prospect Street building was selected from a field of 13 potential sites in the downtown area. Other finalists included One Talcott Plaza, just north of Capital Community College, and 2 acres on Allyn Street now used for parking, one source said.

Stephanie Reitz, a UConn spokeswoman, declined to comment Monday afternoon, saying that negotiations were continuing.

A source said that UConn was attracted to the iconic presence of the 1920s, Beaux-Arts-style structure, and its close proximity to the library, the Wadsworth Atheneum, city hall and the Old State House.

See more photos of the Times building here.

The university wanted a location that wasn’t right next to a highway. The idea is that students will patronize restaurants, cultural venues and entertainment attractions, and not just park, attend classes, and drive out of the city.

The building also is close to offices where students work in internships in public policy and social work, two major disciplines at the campus in West Hartford. One source said that UConn believes there will be ample parking, including some that would be constructed on the Times site.

When UConn announced last year that it would move its West Hartford campus, it was expected that the relocation could take place by the end of 2013. But renovations will need longer than that, and a source said the move will probably not be complete until 2016 or 2017.

The source said it has not been determined how much renovations to the 1920s edifice would cost. It is expected that the rear portion of the structure will be demolished and an addition will be built.

In addition to the relocation, the university’s business school on Constitution Plaza would be consolidated in the renovated Times building.

City officials favored the selection of Talcott Plaza, hoping that it would jump-start redevelopment in the area just north of downtown. At one point, the city had proposed the downtown campus be located on city-owned land in the same area.

Maribel La Luz, a spokeswoman for Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, declined to comment on the selection of the Times building because  negotiations were not complete.

“We’re happy that their new home will be in Hartford, however, we look forward and expect to discuss the mayor’s site preference, thinking and desires with President Herbst, the site screening committee and the board of trustees before the final decision is made,” La Luz said. Susan Herbst is UConn’s president.

The Capital Region Development Authority did not take a formal vote on which site it favored. But CRDA’s executive director, Michael W. Freimuth, said Monday that all three sites had pluses.

The Allyn Street site, owned  by Tishman Realty & Construction, was close to CRDA housing projects, the XL Center and the route of the busway, Freimuth said.

But the selection of Front Street will complete “a decade-long investment” in the city and make use of parking at the convention center and elsewhere that isn’t being fully used, Freimuth said.

The Times building has been vacant for more than a decade, but both UConn and the Thomas Hooker Brewery Co. had proposals for the structure.

The edifice is dominated by six, soaring Ionic green granite columns and a terra-cotta cornice salvaged from the demolition of a church in New York. After The Hartford Times newspaper folded in 1976, the building was used for corporate and city offices.

The state paid $8 million for the property in 2000 to make it part of the Adriaen’s Landing project, which includes the Connecticut Convention Center, Marriott Hartford Downtown and the Front Street entertainment district. The Times building previously had been targeted for apartments.

Late last year, UConn said it had decided to relocate its Greater Hartford branch to downtown Hartford, rather than invest $25 million in the university’s aging campus in West Hartford. UConn also said that it wanted to build on its modest presence in the city and contribute to the revitalization of downtown Hartford.

Initially, it appeared that the university favored the former Travelers Education Center on Constitution Plaza. The UConn Board of Trustees authorized spending $243,000 to study that location. The university has declined to release the study’s results.

In January, UConn widened its search and later drew more than a dozen proposals. Throughout the selection process, UConn did not identify any of the sites under consideration, only indicating that it was seeking more information on a “handful.” Some of the locations did leak out, however, and were identified in news reports.

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64 thoughts on “Hartford Times Building Backed For UConn Campus Relocation

  1. DR

    The old Times building seems like the best choice. Centrally located, beautiful old building and right near Front Street for good visibility.

    However, will this mean that Hooker will stick to the burbs instead of coming downtown?

    1. Rob

      I wouldn’t bank on the Thomas Hooker idea ever materializing. It sounded like a great idea but if they had any intention on relocating they probably would have at this point. There are countless locations to choose from downtown to open a decent sized restaurant. As far as UCONN’s choice, this was the best option by far, I agree. A beautiful building with history that will benefit the front street district.

      1. mike

        well they didnt want just a place to feed people.

        the point was to move/build a full production brewery downtown. this would include a bottleing line if significant size. (I have heard that this is currently holding back their distribution more than anything)

  2. RL

    I love the idea of UCONN coming downtown, but I can’t think of a worse location. I think Front St would be much better served with upscale apartments in that spot. The area would be better off with permanent residents who have money to spend, for the good of the restaurants and higher end retail they hope to attract. I do hope UCONN is moved downtown, as it will breath more life into downtown, just not in that spot.

    1. DM

      Please…no more high end apartments downtown!!! There’s a significant glut on of exuberant housing. If anything Downtown Hartford needs more accessible studio and one bedroom options that college and new professionals can afford! These are the types that would be more likely to be patrons of Front Street’s offerings as folks who have high end apartments tend to stay inside more and are not as dynamic despite the notion they have extra discretionary income to spend.

      1. J L

        Although I agree that the greatest need is for one-bedroom and studio apartments, the statement that there’s a “glut” of higher-end housing is not accurate. The vacancy rate downtown is less than 5%, a very healthy number. There is demand for all manner of housing. In any case, smaller apartments constitute the majority of units in every major building plan announced in the past year, so DM will get his wish that studios and one-bedroom units be prioritized.

  3. thomas

    Didn’t think that site was large enough…I thought it was a great space for Hooker though…

  4. Ann Williams

    While it would cost $25 million to renovate the West Hartford campus, you have to wonder how much will it cost to renovate the new downtown campus. Other questions I have include the issue of additional parking and whether Hartford will reap many benefits from a commuting population. In other words, the 2 reasons for going downtown, saving on renovation costs and boosting Hartford’s economy/cultural life may not exist. Reporters should be asking these hard questions. Has anyone evaluated the success of the community college move downtown?

    1. Rob

      As far as parking, all they would have to do is build a parking garage right next to the front street development which as I’ve read is the plan since apartments are planned as phase 3 of the project. The only way you will enable this move to benefit the downtown businesses is to complete the “proposed” apartment projects like the former Sonesta Hotel and 777 main st so that students can live downtown. The UCONN branches have always been commuter schools and without convenient housing options nothing will change that. Students need a reason to stick around and that exists beyond simply placing a school farther from an on-ramp. Not sure exactly how much this will cost but I can guarantee it’ll be cheaper than building a new facility on a vacant parking lot..

    2. mike

      UConn put 70 million aside for this move.

      but remember they will be able to get some of that back by selling the West Hartford Campus.

      Also, the facility will include space for and eliminate the need for other departments currently located elsewhwere such as the school of business and socialwork

      this is not an apples to apples kind of move.

      as far as the benefits, they did put something in the paper about CCC pre and post move. It was extremely successfull from what I remember, like double the students. I know they even needed to expand the lease in that building to add more classrooms.

      google the expansion and Im sure it will be there

        1. mike

          the land is perfect for houses or apartments in a nice residential area… so, um lots of people.

    3. DR

      @Ann. Unfortunatley, my understanding is that moving the community college downtown has been of little, if any, benefit to the city. Students drive to the morgan street garage, walk across and the street for class, and then leave soon as class is finished.

      1. mike

        observationally speaking that is not entirely accurate. there are several retail spaces inside the building and nearby that receive busines from the students. examples include the market across the street and the pizza place next door.

        the stuff inside the building survives almost solely from the patronage of the students.

        Just walking around there and driving etc, you can see the students, there is more activity around this part of downtown than I think anywhere else on average and the school is part of the mix.

        but as I wrote above, I think the increase in attendance is more important than any other benefit. Ever city kid that chooses post seconday eduction that previously would not have is a benefit to the community.

  5. J L

    The Times Building is a great choice for UConn, but I sincerely hope their move doesn’t preclude Thomas Hooker’s location in the city. One Talcott Plaza remains a great site for the brewery, with existing office space, a large garage, and the potential for an attractive new building on the lot fronting Main Street, which could be built to suit the company’s exact needs and would be next to City Steam and across from the incoming Italian restaurant, creating a destination for foodies.

    With respect to housing concerns at Front Street, the HB Nitkin Group has announced the construction of an apartment building on a site adjacent to the Times Building, which will offer proximate residential space for students and others who are looking to live downtown.

  6. rick

    dont send your kids to this school. parking will be a nightmare for them.

    Also the neighborhood is horrible. Now all the riff raff that lives in the projects nearby and who hang out on the corner of main/park will come after these kids, especially the white ones.

    Who ever decided on this is probably a getting a big bonus. Complete morons for abandoning a real nice, quiet, safe area in west hartford with tons of free parking.

    1. rick

      theyll have to build a big iron fence around this school and keep the kids away from the locals, like at trinity

    2. J L

      Rick doesn’t even make an effort to conceal the racist mindset underlying his meandering and inaccurate rant.

      As a working professional whose job and residence are each located within blocks of the Hartford Times Building, I can attest to its excellent and safe location. Students’ interactions will be with members of the surrounding business community as well as with patrons of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Connecticut Science Center, and two outstanding theater companies. It will be a dynamic and inspiring environment, well-suited to students’ intellectual, cultural and career development. UConn made an excellent choice.

      1. rick

        racist or realist? you dumbass. you need to drive around the area. There are small pockets of low income housing in that area that house some real scum. These students will also be targets for the scum that live closer to park st. They dont go to the WH campus cause its to far, but now you’ll be at their doorstep.

        you bozos mention the museum, front street, and xl center, how bout mentioning the crap in the other direction. The gangs on park street and near colt park are just drooling at the prospect of robbing and beating uconn kids walking around with their iPads and iPhones

        1. J L

          Rick, you seem to be very familiar with the supposed gang activity of which you speak. Are you an ex-con?

        2. mike

          You are just simply wrong sir,

          and the Racist thing looks like it does apply.

          First off, why drive around the area when walking is nicer and just as safe if not safer than driving?

          This is literally the prettiest part of downtown hartford. Between the City Hall and Wadsworth lies an amazing little park and then you have Travelers historic building, its plaza, and then there is Elks, the Hartford club, and the Architect office there. very nice quiet and pretty streets.

          The glaring issues with the area are Threefold.
          1: The times building is vacant and needs an addition to interact better with the street and fill a parking lot (Uconn should fix this)
          2: Between the times building and the Elks club is another surface lot that only hurts the area. Nitkin Group has a 5 story apartment building planned for this site with retail space along Grove and also internally in Front street… this should also be solved by 2016
          3: The travelers Plaza and Wadsworth both have barriers making them imposing to the street and ultimately hurt the area. iQuilt plan with Travelers support intends to turn this street into an inviting area with outdoor eating and possibly public space. a true urban plaza as seen in Europe. Also should be fixed by 2016

          so, my biggest issue with this area is the inability to buy an condo at this location as none exist. (Bushnell towers is across Main)

          as far as unsavory people… There seems to be many people loitering around the bus stops on main… Is that really a concern? those people are there because they needs rides elsewhere and all busses transfer here. Most are waiting to go home after working at a lower paying service job and thus they cant aford a car. They are not a threat, they work for a living.

          Further, when you cross the whitehead there is the housing across from the candycane building. this is not a project. there surely are some neferious people living here but it is by no means a breeding ground for gang violence and predatory practices towards darling college kids.

          Park Street being further down, and honestly a very active business street may have what you would consider shady charachters, but this is actoually also where you are wrong. Barry square is sketchier, and thats now West down Park, its South. Shultas place is likely the worst street in the South end from what I understand but that is not something I can completely verify.

          and to a final point, college campuses are actually breeding places for crimes. your biggest concern should be for the drug presence on campus as well as the typically high number of rapes that occour in and around campuses perpetrated by students on students… Oh and Assaults.

          If anything, the City of Hartford should be concerned by the potential increase of violent crimes in the city due to the influx of college students.

        3. Frankie

          Lol… Out of touch people like you really need to get out more. You sound absolutely ridiculous. I’ve lived downtown for 20 years and never had any of the issues you speak of.

    3. Rob

      Oh God, I hope that Logan will be alright in the big scary city and be able to park his BMW without being hit by stray bullets..:-/ Are you kidding?! First of all this is nowhere near “Main and Park” and I have no idea what “projects” you’re even talking about so this shows how much time you actually spend in the city. Is Trinity in a crappy neighborhood, absolutely but that area is very different from Front St. Also in case you’re wondering I AM white and grew up in Bridgeport without getting attacked by any other local riff raff by using common sense..phenomenal concept I know..

      1. mc

        Bridgeport is a large city with diverse landscape and more than a few multi million dollar homes on the waterfront. My guess is you were not downtown. Anyways, my brother in law went to Trinity and his car was stolen and torched. He tells me that there were numerous problems between locals and students. I am a big fan of Hartford though and think this building is a good start.

        1. Rob

          As I said, yes Trinity is in a miserable area..one of the reasons why I chose to go to Fairfield U and not even look at Trinity. However, I have numerous friends who work at Travelers (across the street) and I myself used to work in Statehouse Square and can honestly say that this area of downtown is NOT dangerous as long as students use a bit of common sense. A city is a city and I personally feel much more comfortable walking around downtown Hartford than I do in downtown Bridgeport at night. The “multi-million dollar homes you are referring to are in St. Mary’s by the Sea which is a few blocks bordering Fairfield, other than that the rest of the waterfront is a warzone..

    4. stunned

      Even in the fifties, parking was difficult to find on Prospect St, when everyone took the bus downtown.

  7. pete

    what a joke the state selling a building to itself. and I wonder how many tax dollars DANNY BOY is going to give to his pals to buy the development rights. This building has been empty for decades. UCONN isn’t going to save the rat hole city of Hartford. Until the losers in Hartford stop voting for socialist Hartford will stay a pit

      1. mike

        as do I with aparently a typing issue.

        sorry about that amonination i just posted internet reading world.

  8. zsazsa

    Fact is that the students who attend the UConn branch campuses don’t have a lot of disposable income. They come to class and leave. They’re not going to spend money on shopping and dining out. These are kids who cannot afford to go away to college. Many work part time or full time, in addition to attending classes.

    The West Hartford campus is perfect for them – pleasant, leafy green, quiet suburban location but fairly centrally located, tons of FREE parking, very safe. Traffic into and through Hartford is very heavy throughout the day, and especially in the late afternoon. Now the students are going to have to fight the traffic, as most of them drive to college. And there is no way that UConn is going to be able to provide FREE parking on campus for a couple of thousand cars a day in Hartford. That means that the students are going to have to pay for parking, which most of them cannot afford.

    Bad move all around. Keep the West Hartford campus. UConn is just doing this to play monopoly with real estate investments. It’s not considering the best interests of the students and faculty.

    1. Julia S.

      You have no idea what you’re talking about. First of all, the move downtown will merge a thriving undergraduate campus program with the School of Social Work and the programs at the Graduate Business Learning Center at 100 Constitution Plaza. Merging all day students with night students is a better use of space. The new location is easy to get to and will attract businesses. Anyone who thinks that the students just come, take classes, and leave, has not spent time at either the Grad Center or the West Hartford branch. Down the road, add a renovated building (the old Clarion hotel perhaps?) into student apartments, and now you’re really cooking.

      The West Hartford campus is a pit – it long outgrew its useful life considering it’s over 50 years old. To wire the building, reconfig the classrooms, provide meeting and instructional space, etc. would be ridiculous. Plus it doesn’t even begin to meet the space needs. UConn is looking for 200k of space downtown – that’s a significant boost.

      Lastly faculty and staff also need places to eat and shop. Detractors – I challenge you to come visit the two campuses and tell me there won’t be an impact to Hartford. A win for UConn, a win for Hartford – and a win for the State!

      Well done, UConn.

      1. rick

        uconn announced they will spend 2 billion dollars over 10 years. they can afford to build or renovate a building on WH campus and still sell off some of the land. Places to eat? bishops corner is next door

        1. J L

          Bishops Corner is nominally within walking distance, but the effort to remake it in the image of West Hartford Center (i.e. to make it pedestrian friendly rather than a series of strip malls) has not panned out, so few students would actually walk there, adding even more to their auto dependence.

  9. Anonymous

    Very fitting: 1920’s building to be used to “educate” students using 1920’s pedagogy …

    1. Julia S.

      And you know this because the last time you were in a classroom was 1920? Have you ever stepped foot in a UConn classroom in the last 20 years?

      1. CTMOTHEROFTWO

        UCONN has a great public realtions team. As a land-grant research institution, UCONN is great. However, more money is funneled into UCONN than the four CSU’s and the 12 community colleges – which educate more students! THe current plan is for UCONN to increase enrollment by 30% – where do you think those students will come from – the CSU’s!!!!! The state of CT should go ahead and do what Tennessee did – everything is now the University at Tennessee – X, Y or Z campus. It is clear that the intent – based on funding- is to divert post-secondary funds to UCONN at the expense of the other institutions of higher learning. Julia S. before you post – research the percent of students who pass the Nursing Licensure Exam – UCONN’s rate of passage is significantly less than Three Rivers or other community colleges and UCONN provides a Bachelor’s degree in nursing!!!! UCONN continues to produce elementary education teachers at a rate 500% above what is needed in this state. The teachers graduate and then work as paraprofessionals for years in CT or leave the state.
        UCONN educates people who for the most part leave CT – the community colleges and the CSU’s educate people who stay and contribute to CT.
        But to the point, why is the state paying an outside entity for “developer’s rights” to develop the state’s own property??

      2. LastOne1

        Yes, I have. Now what Julie? Typical nasty Hartford attitude. YOU and Mike are why I don’t want to give another dime of my tax dollars to Hartford.

        1. mike

          Interesting.
          so generally positive comments about Uconn, the states flagship school, and Hartford, the states capital and largeswt urban area offend you and make you want to stop paying taxes.

          Thats great. The racist xenophbic schmucks that only know how to breed hate and vitrol in the Courant Forums make me want to scream. This state is actually an amazing place, and Hartford is a great city compared to other us Cities (based on a lot of travel experience) so why so much damn hatred, negativity and detraction?

          Is your life really that bad because of Hartford, or Connecticut or the higher education system in this state?

          As a transplant to the state and the area, I am dumbfounded by the stubborn and lingering hatred for Hartford specifically, and Connecticut on a broader level. I feel like the people that are miserable decided to stop living and experiencing life.

          As a matter of absolute fact, the state of Connecticut is a great place to live and everyone posting here should be proud of their home.
          Hartford is a good city with potential to again be great. It is a city that is making great strides to be better and is succeeding in many aspects.

          UConn is a good university and is becoming great as well.
          I see no reason what so ever to detract from these positive steps.

          1. Patrick

            Unfortunately Mike some people are so unhappy in their own lives or are so filled with anger, hatred, etc towards that they can’t help but turn every positive into a negative. It’s sad. More of a statement about their own lives then Hartford or CT I think.

        2. Phil

          Actually Lastone1, to quote you, it seems “YOU” are the one with the nasty attitude. I didn’t read anything in their thoughtfull and detailed posts that was rude or illmannered. Unfortunately the same can’t be said of yours. Although I don’t live in Hartford, I agree with them as do many other suburbanites who know that when Hartford does well, we all benefit from it.

          1. J L

            Well-said, Mike, Patrick and Phil! Misplaced negativity works to the detriment of the entire metro area, whereas the benefits of creating a vibrant center are equally widespread.

  10. Tom

    This is another waste of the overly burdened tax payers’ money for ways to theoretically improve our capital city. Property owners are walking away from buildings in downtown Hartford due to the high real estate taxes and the state is trying to promote its renaissance. Just knowing that the State of Connecticut paid $8,000,000 for a building no one wanted 13 years ago tells you something in itself. Do you think college students want to commute to a campus where it is easy to get to, has ample parking, and is in a beautful suburban setting like West Hartford or to fight traffic amidst workers trying to get to and from work in Hartford? Why doesn’t the State of Connecticut ask the students what they want? Ultimately this will cost much more money than renovating the existing West Hartford campus.

    1. mc

      Actually, I think a suburban setting for a university is a bad idea. Connecticut is suburbia and when I went to college, I wanted a big school and an urban setting. Driving to class is no fun, you need to walk to class and walk to bars. Of course college kids don’t have a lot of disposable income, but it will put feet on the streets which all adds up to a safer downtown and a small business or two. I just wish Connecticut would focus on retaining business and attracting new business before Rick Perry snipes more than just a gun manufacturer. I am betting UTC will jump ship eventually and the state should be begging them to stay. Hartford is teetering on the edge of urban blight or renaissance.

  11. AS

    How does this deal comply with the development/land-use requirement for the Front St. development for retail and residential. State buys Times building, “gives” to developer conditional on tax generating uses; now buys back for non-tax generating uses…when other alternatives are avialable. Sounds like CRDA/State playing heavy hand with UCONN to get an easy way out for itself and developer. City gets screwed again when alternatives exist for equal/greater benefit to City initiatives. What interests does CRDA represent…State, City or an easy “job done” on the backs of the taxpayers.

  12. Time for Change!

    I get tired of reading how UConn needs to move because the West Hartford campus is falling apart and needs $25 million in repairs, so spending $70 million for a new campus is the answer.

    Who’s fault is it that the existing campus has been run into the ground like a slum?

    UConn built each of the West Hartford buildings in the 1960’s and has owned and operated them continuously since they were all brand new buildings. If the buildings were allowed to deteriorate from lack of maintenance, isn’t that UConn’s fault? With their horrific track record for not maintaining their properties, how long do you think it will take UConn to let the new building fall apart and then they will again be crying to the taxpayers that their campus needs another $25 million in public money to fix it because of their own lack of maintenance?

    1. Julia S.

      The buildings in West Hartford were poorly built and not designed to be easily changed. It’s not an issue of maintenance, it’s an issue of a poor location and outdated framework.

      The classrooms of the future are must less structured – the new building will enable UConn to push forward to a new design and a new approach.

      1. CTMOTHEROFTWO

        Julia S. The paradigm in education is to get away from structure and use technology to deliver education. Why are public university’s still spending so much money on physical structure’s?? Goor Lord – unlike a hundred years ago when I was in college :) – you can access every journal, book, etc. on-line and not go to a physical library. So, I understand physical structures for labs, etc. But why build classrooms, when in 10 years students will be able to dial in from their home computers – or telephones- and access lectures?
        I am completing a bachelor’s in acounting from the unversity of Texas – all online!!!!
        And yes Julia, the classrooms of the future are much less structured – they should not be built from brick and mortar –
        OHHH but it is difficult for a politician to have a plaque with his/her name on it not attached to a physical structure! And don’t tell me about creating jobs, building a pyramid in downtown Hartford would create jobs too.

        1. mc

          I think virtual universities are great for kids who can’t afford a brick and mortar education, but you can’t beat the resident university for overall college experience. Imagine trying to get a degree in science without a lab or the benefit of conversing with a teacher and being a part of a group of students. They will never be equal in value.

  13. City Lover

    While I had hoped that the Hooker Brewery would go in here and the UConn campus would go in at Talcott Street next to the C College, this is a positive win for Hartford. I do agree that putting the UConn campus at Talcott or Constitution Plaza would probably have most likely resulted in most kids driving in and out like the Business School people, but that’s honestly most likely to happen no matter what you do, it’s the culture of the Hartford area to drive everywhere and leave the city as soon as possible. Lastly, it’s a concern that this will take until 2016-2017, plenty of time for suburbanites or Republicans to prevent this move from occurring.

  14. andrew

    Disappointing. Hooker Brewery would have served as a far better (and hipper) tenant than UConn,which has many other options that would be easier for students, and so many of us were excited to see Hooker occupy the beautiful Times building. It’s aesthetic design and location perfectly match a growing brewery; bookending the Front St. development would have been a boon to Hartford and to fans of great local beer. I’m not surprised this happened though. Too good to be true.

    1. mc

      I also like the idea of this brewery here, but you have to admit, it would be more of a gamble than a college campus. The brewery could be gone in 10 years. The campus will most likely still be here 50 years from now, maybe 100 years from now.

  15. Bob Simmons

    WELL, HOORAY! AS A HARTFORD TIMES ALUMNUS, I AM THRILLED THAT OUR BELOVED BUILDING WILL ONCE AGAIN BECOME A DOMINATE AND INFLUENTIAL PART OF HARTFORD!

  16. Robert

    I never cease to be amazed by the negativity I read in these blogs (and the blatant racism). How can a city succeed when members of the Greater Hartford community have no faith it? I have spent my life in Wethersfield, but my family always patronized restaurants, theaters, and shops in Hartford. I’ve never been robbed or shot and my car has never been damaged. Amazing! I go to Spotlight theaters frequently and the neighborhood is SAFE. More feet on the street means a SAFER environment.

    That being said, this is absolutely the WRONG location for the college. Talcott Plaza was the correct choice. Hooker is VERY serious about a move to the city and I hope this doesn’t derail that discussion.

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  19. Patrick

    I hope Thomas Hooker ends up working with the city to find another place nearby for them to relocate to, maybe the old Broadcast House site on Consitution plaza? I know apartments are supposed to be there, but that’s right near Front St. Also, that corner lot for sale at Asylum & AnnUccelo which is currently a parking lot would be a great downtown location for them.

    But like an earlier person said I wouldn’t bet on Thomas Hooker moving downtown because if they really wanted to they probably would have done so already.

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