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UConn Enters Development Deal For Hartford Campus

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UConn President Susan Herbst at the site of new Hartford branch campus. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

UConn President Susan Herbst at the site of new Hartford branch campus. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn’s plan to move a satellite campus from its current location in West Hartford to downtown Hartford was approved by the school’s trustees Tuesday.

The board voted to endorse the plan shortly before university President Susan Herbst and other state officials signed a development agreement for the project. The school hopes to open its classrooms in what was the Hartford Times building by the fall of 2017.

“The presence of 2,500 students, faculty, and staff in the heart of the city’s economic engine will generate an infusion of activity that will directly benefit our city and state for years to come,” Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said.

In addition to traditional classes, Herbst said, the school plans to use the downtown campus to offer experiential learning opportunities for students working with Hartford’s public schools, government agencies, businesses and social services providers. UConn’s Graduate Business Learning Center also will be relocated to the new campus.

About 2,300 students and 250 faculty members will work in Hartford. The school 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 move marks a return to Hartford for the university, which established a regional campus in the city in 1939 before moving to West Hartford in 1970.

UConn plans to sell the West Hartford campus.

 

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