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UConn to add housing to Stamford campus

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STAMFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A proposal to bring student housing at the University of Connecticut campus in Stamford passed on Wednesday.

The Board of Trustees approved the measure during its monthly meeting.

A university spokesperson said a presentation was made to the board with details on the project. The presentation included 116 units capable of housing 290 students. The goal is to eventually reach a maximum capacity of 350 students.

According to the university, there were plans to vote on the project a month ago, but it was tabled so changes could be made.

This proposal comes after UConn conducted a survey about the student population and average travel distance to attend classes at the Stamford campus.

The results found that most students do not live in Stamford and need to travel 20 miles.

UConn's study found that only 100 out of more than 1,500 Stamford students enrolled in undergraduate classes actually lived in the city.

The plan marks the first time UConn Stamford has ever had housing.

The Financial Affairs Committee discussed the proposal at 9 a.m. on Wednesday with a full board meeting 15 minutes later.

Full details on the project can be found here.

This proposal comes at a time when the university is making changes across the state.

In April, the Board of Trustees voted to close its Torrington campus because of declining enrollment.

Meanwhile, the school is building a multi million dollar campus in downtown Hartford that is set to open in the fall of 2017.

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