January 24, 2013

UConn renews office search for Hartford relocation

The University of Connecticut Thursday morning put a request for proposals seeking 150,000 square feet of office space from landlords in downtown Hartford, as the state's flagship university looks to relocate its West Hartford campus to the Capital City.

The RFP comes a day after the Hartford Business Journal reported that UConn's initial targeted location in downtown Hartford—the Travelers Education Center at 200 Constitution Plaza—has multiple issues including asbestos and space constraints.

UConn officials say moving into the Travelers Education Center is still not out of the question, but the school is now trying to broaden its search to it determine its options.

Realty sources say UConn has also shown interest in the Connecticut River Plaza office complex and the vacant office building at One Talcott Plaza.

In its RFP UConn said it needs 150,000 square feet of usable space and 850 parking spaces to accommodate 3,100 students and 300 faculty and staff, which will be relocating from UConn's Greater Hartford Campus in West Hartford.

The relocation includes all present academic and support units of the Greater Hartford Campus, with the exception of the branch of the Connecticut Cooperative Extension System. The University's School of Social Work is included in this relocation and the University's Graduate Business Learning Center, which is currently located in downtown Hartford, may also be included.

All proposals must be submitted to UConn by Feb. 27.

UConn also said Thursday that it did not intend to make its move to downtown Hartford public until it had located its new location picked out, but the move was leaked by the media.

The Hartford Business Journal first reported UConn's plans to move to Hartford last year.

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