June 11, 2012 | last updated June 12, 2012 11:42 am

$864M Bioscience CT breaks ground Monday

Groundbreaking on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's signature economic development plan—the $864 million Bioscience Connecticut initiative—is set to take place Monday afternoon, officials say.

Malloy will gather with University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst and state lawmakers at 5 p.m. Monday in Farmington to commemorate the project, which won approval from the state legislature last year.

Bioscience Connecticut is the state's $864 million attempt to reverse a two-decades-long jobs drought by creating a vibrant bioscience sector.

The project includes a major renovation of John Dempsey Hospital and adding a patient care tower and more parking. It also greatly expands bioscience research and training facilities, increases student enrollment in the medical and dental schools, provides funding for new faculty and creates a student loan forgiveness program for graduates who set up practice in Connecticut.

The project is being built in conjunction with the $1.1 billion Jackson Laboratory facility, which will also be housed on the Health Center campus.

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