UConn enters development deal for Hartford campus

Hartford Times building, future home of UConn Hartford campus. (WTNH / Mark Davis)
Hartford Times building, future home of UConn Hartford campus. (WTNH / Mark Davis)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–UConn’s Board of Trustees has inked a deal with a developer to move the West Hartford campus to the vacant Hartford Times building behind Hartford City Hall.

The school hopes to open its classrooms in what was the Hartford Times building by the fall of 2017. The newspaper went belly up in 1979 but the building was preserved because several historic events occurred on the front steps, including huge rallies for President Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

The building is located behind city hall and adjacent to the new Front Street development project and the Connecticut Convention Center. The exact price tag for the transformation of the building and the site is unknown.

The campus would be home to about 2,300 students and about 250 faculty members. Spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz says the school also has a deal with nearby parking garages, and is in talks with Connecticut Transit about establishing a pass that would allow students to ride the bus for free during the school year.

The school plans to sell its current campus in West Hartford, where it has been for over forty years.

UConn had a campus in Hartford from 1939 until 1970, and for the past 20 years, they’ve been trying to bring it back.

“It’s all official now!,” said school president Susan Herbst.

Gov. Dannel Malloy said on Tuesday that hundreds of market priced housing units are under construction near the new college site, along with other developments.

“One of those major roles is to be an economic driver and finally, UConn is coming to be the economic driver in Connecticut that we all aspire for it to be,” Malloy said.

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