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Trustees To Formally Approve UConn Branch Move To Hartford

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(Jenneen Lee/WTIC Phone)

(Jenneen Lee/WTIC Phone)

Next week, UConn Trustees will approve a resolution moving a branch campus from West Hartford to the old Hartford Times building in downtown Hartford.

Trustees will sign a deal with project developer HB Nitkin.

UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz says an agreement will also be finalized, providing staff and student parking at the convention center garage.

“Tuesday is expected to be a major event in the life of this university,” Reitz said. “Really it is a major event for any higher education institution to open a new campus, but the opening of our downtown Hartford campus is something that has been very important to UConn.”

The construction project has been projected at more than $70-million, but the budget is still being finalized.

The front of the former Hartford times building will be preserved, but the back of the structure will be replaced and expanded.

Construction is likely to start within the next year or year-and-a-half.  Before that can happen, there will be design work, and site studies.

Classes could begin at the new campus by the fall of 2017.

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