February 28, 2018

UConn looking to sell Torrington campus

PHOTO | University of Connecticut
PHOTO | University of Connecticut
UConn wants to sell its Torrington campus.

UConn said Wednesday it is offering the city of Torrington the first chance to buy its defunct satellite campus property, which was shuttered in 2016 due to declining enrollment.

The University said it sent a letter Wednesday to city and state leaders to notify them that UConn plans to sell the land and three buildings on the 95-acre property.

EdAdvance, one of Connecticut's six Regional Education Service Centers (RESCs), has expressed an interest in buying the M. Adela Eads Classroom Building and property around it for educational programming use, UConn said.

Under state statutes, Torrington is entitled to receive first notice of UConn's intent to sell any or all of the property within its borders, and the city has the first opportunity to negotiate a purchase agreement, UConn said.

Torrington has 45 days -- on or before April 16 -- to notify UConn that it wants to negotiate a purchase.

If it decides against buying the site, UConn can seek out other potential buyers.

UConn's board of trustees would need to approve any deal.

UConn closed the Torrington campus at the end of the spring 2016 semester based on declining enrollment, which continued despite efforts to recruit and retain undergraduates through increased marketing, scholarships, and outreach to the region's high schools, the school said.

UConn is also in the process of trying sell its shuttered West Hartford campus.

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