June 13, 2016

UHart begins $10.6M Mortensen Library redo

Rendering & PHOTOs | Contributed
Rendering & PHOTOs | Contributed
Rendering of the Mortensen Library expansion/renovation.
550 Whitney Ave., Hamden.
Ollie’s store at 381 Broad St., Manchester.

Expansion work has started on the University of Hartford's Mortensen Library, a $10.6 million project set for completion late in 2017.

The private college bordering Hartford and West Hartford broke ground right before Memorial Day on the project, likely the final groundbreaking for UHart President Walter Harrison, who is set to retire June 2017.

According to UHart officials, the Mortensen upgrades that architect Sasaki Associates of Watertown, Mass., designed will take several forms.

The Mortensen addition will include a new three-story glass wall and interior renovations that add flexible work spaces and access to a wide variety of media.

Once finished, the Allen Library, which houses music and dance materials and is the intellectual hub to the Hartt School of Music, will be relocated to the library's garden level, said UHart spokeswoman Mary Ingarra.

Shawmut Design and Construction of North Haven is the construction project manager.

Chartered in 1957, UHart has more than 5,200 undergraduate and nearly 1,700 graduate students from 46 states and 61 countries, as well as 82,000 alumni living worldwide.

UPS in Windsor

United Parcel Service has leased 230,000 square feet in a Windsor distribution center, brokers say.

The 350,000- square-foot facility on 52.6 acres at 1 Market Circle is owned by 1MC Connecticut LLC.

UPS did not respond to a call for information about its intentions for the facility.

Sentry Commercial was listing broker.

Hamden apts. bring $1.4M 

A 17-unit Hamden apartment building recently sold for $1.385 million, brokers say.

Ellsworth's Capril LLC sold the property at 550 Whitney Ave., to Wildwood Holding LLC, according to exclusive broker Pearce Real Estate.

 Newington space listed

The bulk of the space in a Newington industrial building is available for lease, a broker says.

Built in 1974, the expandable 64,000-square- foot building on 6.85 acres at 385 Stamm Road has about 41,600 square feet of high-bay industrial/warehouse space available at $5.75 a square foot triple net, according to listing broker Reno Properties Group LLC.

The facility also has 10 high-loading docks with overhead doors. Also available is 8,000 square feet of air-conditioned office/showroom space at $8 a square foot, Reno said.

Ollie’s in Manchester

Ollie's Bargain Outlet store recently opened its second Connecticut location in Manchester.

The newest store occupies 24,729 square feet that was previously a grocery store at 381 Broad St.

Levy Properties LLC is landlord.

Waterbury is home to Ollie's other Connecticut store. Ollie's is based in Harrisburg, Pa.

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Gregory Seay is the Hartford Business Journal News Editor.

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