Lawmakers to Review Plan to Remake UConn Health Center

State lawmakers are getting a chance to delve into Gov. Malloy’s proposal to overhaul the aging University of Connecticut Health Center into a bioscience hub.

UConn officials and Malloy aides are scheduled to meet today with lawmakers from several committees to discuss the $864 million proposal.

A plan to remake the Health Center last year fizzled after the state lost out on $100 mil in federal funds.

It includes renovating the Farmington-based center’s John Dempsey Hospital by adding a patient care tower, outpatient center and more parking.

It would also increase student enrollment in UConn’s medical and dental schools and significantly expand bioscience research and training.

The proposal, called Bioscience Connecticut, envisions borrowing $254 million to supplement nearly $340 million approved last year in a different overhaul plan.

Some legislative Republicans say the process feels rushed and they want to review the proposal in greater detail before committing to it.


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