UConn moving campus from West Hartford to downtown Hartford
By WFSB Staff
HARTFORD, CT(WFSB) -
Officials at the University of Connecticut are moving its branch in West Hartford to Hartford because of its president's desire to be in the downtown and repair costs needed at the campus.
"Ensuring that UConn is fully contributing to the life of our capital city is one of my highest priorities," UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement Thursday. "Moving the Greater Hartford campus back to the city, where it began and belongs, will better enable the campus to fulfill its academic mission, provide a major boost for downtown Hartford and save the university millions in the process."
According to school officials, the campus needs nearly $25 million worth of repairs, including work to fix leaks and water damage on the campus. Over recent years, officials have spent $7 million to make "critical repairs" to its facilities.
However, the move to downtown Hartford is only expected to cost the university about $125,000 to complete.
The downtown location in Hartford has not been determined, however the move is expected to occur in the next year or so. Herbst said she feels the school needs to be part of downtown Hartford.
"The campus was originally intended to offer an urban education near the seat of state government, and there is no better place to accomplish that than in the heart of downtown," Herbst said in a statement. "This will be a win-win for UConn, our students and the City of Hartford."
UConn already has a business and law school in Hartford and a branch of the university was in the capitol city from 1939 to 1970.
There are 2,100 students who currently attend the West Hartford campus, with 60 employees working there full-time.
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