As Geno Auriemma opens his new restaurant at the Storrs Center development near the University of Connecticut, the next phase of the $220 million project is on schedule to open in early August.
Howard Kaufman, managing member of Tuxedo, N.Y.-based LeylandAlliance, the project’s master developer, told me today that the 195 apartments now under construction are almost entirely leased.
The next phase is known as Royce Circle, a five-story building with 40,000 square feet of ground-level retail and commercial space. It is part of the larger Town Square. In addition to the apartments at Royce Circle, the UConn Health Center, the UConn co-op bookstore, Webster Bank and an Asian restaurant will occupy space.
Read more about the plans for Storrs Center here.
This week, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, part of the university’s puppet programs at the School of Fine Arts, said it would move its museum and performance space to the co-op. The museum is now located at UConn’s Depot campus.
Town Square, so named because it is intended to serve as a downtown area and meeting place, already has 127 apartments and Royce Circle will push that number to 320. The apartments range from studios to three-bedroom units, with monthly rents ranging from $1,000 to $2,650.
Eventually, plans call for as many as 675 apartments, 120 townhouses and condominium flats and 170,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. Construction on a Price Chopper supermarket is expected later this spring and could open in about a year, Kaufman told me.