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August 30, 2023 Deal Watch

Latest plan for former W. Hartford UConn campus reduces apartments, adds assisted living and townhouses

Contributed A rendering of Heritage Park, formerly Oakwood Park, that is proposed for the former UConn campus in West Hartford.

The development group that owns the former UConn campus in West Hartford is proposing 620 residential units in a plan that has vastly changed since a proposal was shared publicly in February.

West Hartford 1 LLC – which paid $2.75 million for the 57-acre campus along Asylum Avenue in 2021 – shared a plan in February mixing 492 apartments with retail, restaurants, a large medical office building and a grocery store.

A new plan, which is scheduled for review by West Hartford’s Design Review Advisory Committee on Thursday, reduces the apartment number to 428, but adds 34 owner-occupied townhouse units and a 158-unit assisted living facility. That’s 620 residential units altogether.

The latest version drops a medical office building and a ramp parking garage from the plans.

Public Relations firm Sullivan & LeShane issued a statement on behalf of West Hartford 1, saying the changes are in response to feedback from the town and residents living near the campus at 1700 and 1800 Asylum Ave. The plan also offers “enhanced buffering” of woodlands, wetlands and meadows, according to the release.

“We believe the resulting scale and vision will blend well with the character of the neighborhood and enhance the features that make West Hartford such a vibrant community,” reads a portion of the statement.

The ownership behind West Hartford 1 LLC has been unclear. The limited liability company shares a West Hartford office with Dominion Realty Group, whose principal

Domenic Carpionato is a senior vice president with Rhode Island real estate development company Carpionato Group. The Rhode Island firm, however, is not involved in the development.

The plans submitted ahead of this Thursday’s meeting reshaped the layout and design, along with the composition of the development on the campus. The development site is broken into two properties on either side of Trout Brook Drive. 

Here is a link to the new plans.

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