UConn Expects To Announce Campus Relocation Site In Early Summer

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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.

University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst. Photo by John Woike/jwoike@courant.com

University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst. Photo by John Woike/jwoike@courant.com

“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.

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10 thoughts on “UConn Expects To Announce Campus Relocation Site In Early Summer

  1. DR

    Please put the campus in downtown.

    Hartford has a long history of urban planning blunders…that is one tradition that should be broken.

    1. Patrick

      Crossing my fingers for 1st choice of Constitution Plaza or 2nd Front Street. So far of the locations I’ve heard of, they look like they would be the most beneficial overall for the university, city and downtown companies.

  2. Paul

    Ken,
    What is the timetable to actually relocate? It was fall 2013, but that seems unatainable.
    ALSO, what is the update on what will become of the existing site (40 plus acres) in Wast Hartford? Will UCONN do the right thing and deed the property to the town of WH to use for much needed ball fields and park?
    Thanks very much on keeping the public informed on this important real estate transaction (important to Hart and WH).

    1. Kenneth R. Gosselin Post author

      Paul,
      The university has said the timetable for a move could be pushed back from the year that it first cited late last year. That said, there could be options for temporary quarters in downtown.
      Thanks for asking about West Hartford. I need to check into what options are being considered.

  3. benjamin foley

    Revitalize the city, AMEN! Please make sure you put it in the core of downtown and not on the periphery. Somewhere between Trumbull/Talcott/Pearl/Columbus would be ideal. Hopefully the State doesn’t drive the decision solely based on making the Front Street development work. Position the campus so that all these new apartments coming online (BofA building) are a convenient walk to campus.

  4. Trapper Blue

    Did anyone consider student parking. As a graduate of “husky high” parking was free and safe. Can the state guarantee safe, secure, easily accessible downtown parking to commuting students? I doubt it.

    1. Joseph

      What a sadly closed-minded question. The university’s parking requirements have been clearly outlined in the RFP, and since downtown already has an abundance of parking lots and garages, that should be a secondary consideration.

  5. Oracle

    The real question is the COST of parking for students. A large percent of Hartford Regional Campus students come from low income homes and often cannot afford to buy their books, let alone pay market parking fees.

    1. mike

      clearly this is more about (as Zoolander put it) “A center for kids who cant read good”

      The states Request for Proposals (RFP) requires 850 parking spaces.

      so, parking is part of the plan. The students will not be paying for parking. The parking will be in a garage, save and sevure… I fail to see how the last couple comments are even slightly relevent.

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