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Environmental Impact Evaluations

Environmental assessment is required where the complexity and scale of a proposed project, technology, resource allocation, or siting considerations create uncertainty about the exact nature of environmental effects or result in a potential for significant adverse environmental effects.

 

Student Recreation Center

South Campus Development

West Hartford Campus Disposition

Archived EIEs

CEPA Form

 

*NEW* Notice of Scoping for Construction of Student Recreation Center

Municipality where proposed project will be located: Mansfield

Address of Project Location: Hillside Road on the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus, Mansfield, Connecticut.

Project Description:  UConn proposes to construct a new 200,000 square foot Student Recreation Center at the current location of the Connecticut Commons student housing on Hillside and Whitney Roads within the Main UConn Campus.  The 2015 Campus Master Plan identified a need for special use facilities to support current and projected needs at the University.  The proposed action, construction of the Student Recreation Center, will provide special use facilities towards meeting that need.  Demolition of the existing student housing at Connecticut Commons, planned in 2016, will be required prior to implementation of the proposed action.  The loss of student housing at Connecticut Commons (435 beds) will be more than offset by the opening of the Next Generation Connecticut Hall (referred to as the STEM Residence Hall during planning and design, 725 beds) currently under construction and scheduled for student occupancy in the fall of 2016.  This will result in a net increase of 290 beds on campus in 2016.  New construction associated with this project will incorporate best practices of sustainability with a minimum goal of LEED Gold certified.

Project Map: Site location map

Written comments from the public concerning the nature and extent of any environmental impacts of the proposed action are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on March 3, 2016.

Additional information on the nature and extent of the proposed action will be presented at a Public Scoping Meeting at:

Date:      February 18, 2016
Time:      7:00 p.m. (Doors will be open at 6:30 p.m.)
Place:      Room 146, UConn Bishop Center; One Bishop Circle; Storrs, CT

Written comments should be sent to:
Name:    Paul Ferri
Agency:   UConn - Office of Environmental Policy
Address: 31 LeDoyt Road, U-3055; Storrs, CT 06269
Fax:        860-486-9295
E-Mail:   paul.ferri@uconn.edu

If you have questions about the public hearing, or other questions about the scoping for this project, please contact Mr. Ferri as directed above.

 


 

*NEW* Notice of EIE for the University of Connecticut South Campus Development

Municipality where proposed project might be located: Mansfield

Address of Project Location: The area approximately bounded by Bolton Rd., Coventry Rd., Mansfield Rd., and Whitney Rd. on the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus, Mansfield, Connecticut.

Project Description:  The University of Connecticut (UConn) has prepared an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding, executed in August 2015, with Connecticut’s Office of Policy & Management and Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. UConn proposes to undertake the following projects in the area of the Storrs Campus known as the South Campus:

  • Construction of an approximately 30,000 gsf addition to the Fine Arts building to add production space including paint, scene, costume, and prop shops. The addition will extend north from the Nafe Katter Theatre and west from the Drama-Music Building and will results in the removal of approximately 81 spaces from Lot 1.

  • Removal of nine houses along Gilbert Road and Whitney Road that are contributing structures to the University of Connecticut National Register Historic District.

The proposed Fine Arts addition will tie into campus-wide central utilities (electricity, water, sanitary sewer, natural gas, stormwater, and telecommunications) and building construction will incorporate best practices of sustainability with a minimum goal of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver. UConn has coordinated with the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to finalize a formal agreement identifying mitigation measures for the removal of the cottages within the National Register Historic District.

UConn has prepared the EIE to further evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action, as well as other alternatives, including the No Action alternative. In addition to addressing potential impacts associated with the South Campus Development, secondary and cumulative impacts resulting from projects constructed in 2013-2015, as well as projects that will foreseeably be constructed during 2016-2018 are addressed in the SCD CEPA EIE. 

Project Map: Map of project area

Comments on this EIE will be accepted through March 4, 2016
The public can view a hard copy of this EIE at: Mansfield Town Clerk’s Office, Audrey P Beck Municipal Building, 4 South Eagleville Road, Mansfield, CT
Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Road, Mansfield, CT

A copy of the EIE can be found here: UConn EIE South Campus Development
Environmental Impact Evaluation, University of Connecticut, South Campus Development

There will be a public hearing will be held for this EIE on:
Date:      February 9, 2016
Time:      7:00 p.m. (Doors will be open at 6:30 p.m. to allow review of informational materials.)
Place:      Room 146, UConn Bishop Center; One Bishop Circle; Storrs, CT

Written comments should be sent to:
Name:    Paul Ferri
Agency:   UConn - Office of Environmental Policy
Address: 31 LeDoyt Road, U-3055; Storrs, CT 06269
Fax:        860-486-9295
E-Mail:   paul.ferri@uconn.edu

If you have questions about the public hearing, or other questions about the scoping for this project, please contact Mr. Ferri as directed above.

 


 

Proposed Disposition of the University of Connecticut Greater Hartford Campus

Regulatory and Public Comments

DEEP Comment Letter 8.18.14

DPH Comment Letter 8.8.14

General Public Comments Aug. 2014

West Hartford Council Member Clare Kindall 8.12.14

West Hartford Director of Community Services Testimony 8.12.14

West Hartford Town Manager Testimony 8.12.14

West Hartford Dog Park Coalition Comment Letter 8.13.14

 

August 12, 2014 Public Scoping Meeting Presentation Slides and Transcript

Municipality where proposed project might be located: West Hartford

Address of Possible Project Location: 85 Lawler Road, 1345 Trout Brook Drive, and 1796-1800 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, CT

Project Description:  The Greater Hartford campus is currently situated on 58 acres and includes the Harleigh B. Tracker Library; the Information Technology Center building; the School of Social Work building; the Undergraduate building; and a Facilities Operations building. The campus also includes surface parking for 1,050 vehicles and intramural playing fields. It currently serves approximately 1,400 undergraduate and 1,520 full- and part-time graduate students.  In addition, there are approximately 410 faculty and other affiliated or non-affiliated staff utilizing the facilities.

The operations of UConn’s Greater Hartford campus are moving to the City of Hartford at a site anchored by the former Hartford Times building. Final agreements to authorize the move were signed on June 3, 2014, and construction will start in late 2015 or early 2016. Classes are expected to begin as early as fall 2017. 

Possible disposition for the current Greater Hartford (i.e., West Hartford) campus might include, but not be limited to, the following or any combination thereof: 

  • Demolition of campus improvements
  • Stabilizing and securing campus buildings and grounds (e.g., mothballing)
  • Reuse by an institute of higher education
  • Reuse and/or redevelopment by a state agency or municipality
  • Redevelopment for commercial and/or residential use
  • No action (remains an active UConn campus)

Considerations include, but are not limited to, the socio-economic linkages with the nearby Bishop's Corner neighborhood and the entire Town of West Hartford; consistency with the local, regional, and state plans of conservation and development; future use and disposal of hazardous materials; campus areas within the floodplain/floodway of Trout Brook; and wetlands.

Note: The University received written confirmation from CT Office of Policy and Management that an Environmental Impact Evaluation is not required for the redevelopment of the abandoned Hartford Times office building for educational use (Letter).

Project Maps:  Click here to view a map of the project area.  Click here to view a map of the existing campus. 

The comment period on this evaluation has closed.

If you have questions about the Public Scoping Meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, contact:

Jason Coite
University of Connecticut
31 LeDoyt Rd., UNIT 3055, Storrs, CT
Phone:  860-486-9305
Fax: 860-486-5477
E-Mail: jason.coite@uconn.edu

 


Archived EIEs

CEPA Form