Main Street Corner Proposed for UConn Campus Relocation

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One of the 13 proposals for relocating the University of Connecticut’s West Hartford campus to downtown Hartford is targeting a corner of Main Street next to the G. Fox building.

The corner of Main and Talcott streets in downtown Hartford is the focus of one proposal to relocate the University of Connecticut's West Hartford campus to the city. Photo by Kenneth R. Gosselin/kgosselin@courant.com.

The corner of Main and Talcott streets in downtown Hartford is the focus of one proposal to relocate the University of Connecticut’s West Hartford campus to the city. Photo by Kenneth R. Gosselin/kgosselin@courant.com.

The proposal, submitted by LAZ Parking’s Alan Lazowski, would include a renovation of the nearly 900-space parking garage at One Talcott Plaza and the construction of a new building, a source says. The new building would be located on an existing parking lot owned by LAZ which is between the parking garage and Main Street, a source says.

One Talcott Plaza also includes 103,000 square feet of now vacant office space that would part of the plan.

Both UConn and LAZ declined to comment today.

Read more about UConn’s plans to relocate here.

The development of the area was mentioned at last month’s meeting of the Urban Land Institute in Hartford which is pursuing a year-long study for revitalizing Albany Avenue in the North End.

Visiting urban planners and land-use experts from around the country said the relocation of the UConn campus to downtown would contribute to vibrancy that could spill over into the North End.

 

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20 thoughts on “Main Street Corner Proposed for UConn Campus Relocation

  1. john

    WH campus has all the space they need for buildings and parking. They can come up with millions to build the football team a stadium that is used a few weeks total, but they cant come up with funds for the students campus?

  2. rick

    theyre already in a great spot with plenty of room that caters to hartford area. Why would you want to force people to now deal with much more traffic and congestion? students will now be shoulder to shoulder with all the business people trying to get to work. WFSB left the city and if youve seen their new campus you can see why.

    I say start exploring other areas of the state.

  3. Thank God for a Voice of Reason

    Could we have JUST ONE article on here that isn’t polluted by whiny suburbanites who hate the city? JUST ONE….

  4. Dave

    Good move.

    Or course the usual negative New Englanders will grumble, that’s what they do. But they never accomplish anything so why listen.

  5. Edison Silva

    The question is will this be more state government in the city depriving the city from tax revenue, but taxing our services for police, fire, etc

    1. Time for Change!

      UConn has their own police force, so they won’t be taxing your city’s police services.

  6. kevin

    While I don’t believe the proposed site in this article is the right choice, I still can’t believe there is resistance to the City and State working towards building density. College kids fighting traffic with workers in the City? What kind of comment is that? Bringing the college to the city is a win-win for the college and the City. It is a pool of educated people for the employers and possibly may even gravitate employers outside of the city to come back or have a presence there once again. It is so important to have a vital, job-producing city. A place to be proud of and to keep young people here rather then fleeing. Personally, I think the college should be put near the Hartford Times Building. It is attached to Front Street, easily connected to highway and more importantly easily connected to Main Street. UConn, St. Joseph, CCSU, Front Street (CT Science Ctr, Convention Ctr, Infinity, Capital Grille, Spotlight Theaters), IQUILT, State Workers, Downtown apartments. All of this may just be the puzzle towards re-building the City once again. Keep pressing foward, Hartford.

      1. JD

        Yeah, “spread out to the other areas,” the mindset that has caused unmitigated suburban sprawl over the past 50 years. Farmland replaced by McMansions. Trees replaced by Wal-Marts. Believe it or not folks, young people like to be in the city. When I lived in CT, I was one of them, and I was always annoyed that I couldn’t walk home to a downtown apartment from Pigs Eye Pub. You curmudgeons should be happy that more people living/learning in Hartford means less traffic on the roads leading towards your blessed subdivisions.

        1. Hartford resident

          Thank you, JD. Needless sprawl has cost our state countless dollars of wasteful infrastructure spending (building new electrical, water and sewage lines rather than using in-place infrastructure is duplicative), worsened our environmental profile and lessened the appeal of our entire metro area to young, educated workers, who generally want to work and reside in vibrant urban areas, absent which they will avoid entire states and regions. It’s time to reverse decades of poor planning and decision-making by focusing more on building density in the city’s core, which already contains the necessary infrastructure, transportation systems, dining and entertainment options, and cultural attractions.

  7. Time for Change!

    What no one seems to mention in all the reports about how much it would cost to fix the existing West Hartford campus is that it is due to UConn’s neglect of the buildings in the first place. UConn has owned those buildings in West Hartford for about 40 years (they built each one of them and have occupied them since the day they were each built) so who should we blame for the neglect that allowed them to deteriorate to the point where it will cost the taxpayers $24 million to repair them? I have only one more question, after UConn builds this fancy new downtown building, how long will it take before we are told UConn needs $24 million to repair the effects of the neglect we can all expect the new building to suffer from under their lack of proper maintenance?

    1. mike

      in a recent article maintenance on those buildings was stated to be 7+ million in the last 2 years.

      the point is why throw good money after bad. they have been maintaining and they are too expensive at this point.

      Besides, the schools mission is as a downtown campus. we should all be possed they wasted taxpayer dollars for 40 years to operate outside of their mission statement and operate a second suburban campus in greater hartford.

      1. Time for Change!

        What do you think the annual maintenance costs will be for a downtown high rise building and ramp garage?

  8. petw

    this is all about CORRUPTION and PAYOFFS in DANNY BOY’S world. How do you think he can afford to live in a multimillion dollar mansion on the water in Stamford. He has been on the take for years. Too bad the liberal rag HC won’t do its job but then again that is why the HC will soon be shut down. Can’t wait for that

  9. Sam

    Why would we pay LAZ for his property when we have CT. land at no additional cost to WE THE TAX PAYEYRS?

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ GREED $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  10. Adam

    “…contribute to vibrancy that could spill over to the North End.” Are you kidding me?!?! The operative word there is “could”. The North End of Hartford has been plagued and entrenched with drugs and crime for many decades, there is NO chance any student would venture into the North End. And the notion of having to battle traffic and find parking in Hartford in order to go to class is a nightmare and a HUGE turnoff, in my opinion, for prospective students weighing all the pro’s and con’s of whether to go to a proposed Uconn @ Hartford. Hartford ain’t New Haven, yet.

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