The University of Connecticut expects to announce a decision in “early summer” on a downtown Hartford site for relocating its regional campus in West Hartford.
“As we speak, the university is reviewing the submissions of interest that we collected last month and evaluating properties,” UConn President Susan Herbst said today, in her “State of the University” speech. “It is important that we take the time needed for due diligence, but we will be able to the share some news when we can, mostly likely in early summer.”
UConn has confirmed that it received proposals for 13 sites in and around downtown for the relocation, after it widened its search in late January. It has not identified any of the locations, but details have emerged on some.
Read more here about some of the proposed sites.
After UConn announced that it would relocate its Greater Hartford campus downtown late last year, it approved spending $243,000 to study the former Travelers Education Center on Constitution Plaza. The center was widely considered to be a front-runner for the relocation; but then UConn sought the additional proposals.
UConn has not commented on any sites it has considered, and it has declined to release the study on education center.
UConn said it would be less expensive to move to downtown Hartford than renovate its aging West Hartford campus. UConn also said it wanted to participate in the revitalization of the city.