August 31, 2017

Rentschler Field outlet shoppes center greenlighted

Photo | HBJ File
Photo | HBJ File
Michigan-based Horizon Group Properties plans to build a retail development at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, which is home to UConn football, outdoor retailer Cabela's, and plenty of vacant land.
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The new East Hartford Boulevard North roadway will provide access to the new outlet shoppes at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
Artist’s sketch of the Outlet Shoppes at Rentschler Field.

Farmington's United Technologies Corp. and Illinois' Horizon Group Properties inked a lease agreement allowing for the development of a new outlet center in East Hartford, Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc said Wednesday.

The retail development will join Cabela's as the first phase of a new lifestyle center at the Rentschler Field property, Leclerc said. Subsequent phases will include housing, entertainment and food venues.

The new 280,000-square-foot center near Rentschler Field is estimated to cost $107 million. The downsized outlet center, which was originally planned to be as large as 410,000 square feet, could take up to 18 months to build if work starts this fall, the mayor said in an email.

A new road has already been built to support the project. The new East Hartford Boulevard North roadway will provide access to the new center, as well as new parking lots at the stadium. UTC's Rentschler Field Development Corp. completed the state-funded, $7 million new road on time and under budget, Leclerc said.

"The lease signing comes at an extremely exciting time for our community," said Leclerc. "It coincides with the scheduled opening of the Pratt & Whitney World Headquarters, the United Technologies Research Center expansion, and equally important, the creation of hundreds of new temporary construction jobs and permanent jobs both at the retail center as well as at United Technologies."

Editor's Note: This story has been updated.

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