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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.

 

West Hartford Campus Disposition

Comparative Evaluation for the North Campus Master Plan EIE

STEM Residence Hall

New Engineering and Science Building at the University of Connecticut

 

Proposed Disposition of the University of Connecticut Greater Hartford Campus

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 (LINK to letter).

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

There will be a Public Scoping Meeting for this proposed action at:

Date:    August 12, 2014
Time:   7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
Place:   Zachs Community Room, School of Social Work Building, UConn Greater Hartford Campus, 1798 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, CT
Directions:       (link to Google Maps for directions)

Written comments from the public on the nature and extent of the possible listed actions are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on:  August 17, 2014.

Written comments should be sent to:

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

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

 


 

Notice of Comparative Evaluation for the North Campus Master Plan EIE, University of Connecticut, Innovative Partnership Building

Project Title: Notice for Comparative Evaluation, North Campus Master Plan EIE, University of Connecticut, Innovative Partnership Building

Municipality where project is proposed: University of Connecticut – Storrs Campus, Mansfield

Address of Possible Project Location: North Hillside Road Extension – North Campus Master Plan Parcel C

Project Description: The University of Connecticut (UCONN) proposes to construct an Innovative Partnership Building (IPB) on its North Campus. The IPB would represent the first phase of the implementation of the University’s North Campus Master Plan, a plan for the development of a technology park at the campus. The IPB would be located on Parcel C, north of the UConn Wastewater Treatment Plant and the University’s tennis courts, and west of the planned extension of North Hillside Road.

The project entails the construction of an approximately 112,000-square-foot (sf) U-shaped building dedicated to research and development. The structure would include specialty core facilities, including wet and dry laboratories, tenant space, office and administration space, amenities, and building support space. The three-story building would be integrated with the topography of the site, taking advantage of the site's natural westward slope.  The lower level of the building, essentially two wings, would frame a terraced central courtyard and would accommodate high bay laboratories and imaging space.  The two laboratory wings would be capped by an extensive green roof that serves as a stormwater management feature.  Above and east of the wings, an entrance lobby, offices, and tenant labs would be located on the upper two floors. The building would be clad in steel, concrete and glass and would be designed to meet, at a minimum, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Standards.

Access to the site would be provided through two entrances off of North Hillside Road, the spine for the UConn Research and Development Park. One hundred and twenty-five parking spaces would be provided north of the IPB and an additional 65 spaces would be located to the south. An on-grade loading zone would be constructed on the north side of the building.  This loading zone would also serve as special event overflow parking for approximately 25 cars.  Parking lot rain gardens and water-quality infiltration basins will be included as part of the project design.

Project Document:  Click here to view the Comparative Evaluation Report

Project Map:  Click here to view IPB locus map

The comment period on this evaluation has closed.

If you have questions about the public hearing, or where you can review this EIE, or similar matters, please contact:


Name:           Paul Ferri
Agency:         UCONN-Office of Environmental Policy
Address:        31 LeDoyt Rd., U-3055, Storrs, CT 06269
E-Mail:          paul.ferri@uconn.edu
Phone:     (860) 486-9295

 


 

STEM Residence Hall

*NEW*June 2014 Record of Decision, STEM Residence Hall

Municipality where proposed project might be located: Mansfield

Address of Possible Project Location: Alumni Drive on the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus, Mansfield, Connecticut

Project Description: UConn proposes to construct a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Residence Hall next to the Hilltop Residence Halls (Hale and Ellsworth) on Alumni Drive. The proposed residence hall consists of 650 to 800 beds in an 8 or 9-story building or buildings totaling 200,000 to 250,000 gross square feet.  The STEM Residence Hall would provide housing for first-year students and is part of the capital project initiatives in support of Next Generation Connecticut, a program intended to significantly expand educational opportunities, research, and innovation in the STEM disciplines at UConn over the next decade. 

The University has prepared an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) to further evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action, as well as other alternative sites considered, including the No Action alternative. 

A copy of the EIE is available here:

EIE Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Residence Hall Report

A Public Hearing was held on the EIE on:

Date:     May 29, 2014

Time:     7:30 p.m., or immediately upon the close of the new Engineering Science Building's EIE public hearing, whichever is later.

Place:     Room 146, UConn Bishop Center; One Bishop Circle; Storrs, CT 06269

May 29th Public Hearing Presentation

Written Public Comments:

Town of Mansfield, 5/28/14

If you have questions about the Environmental Impact Evaluation, please contact Mr. Ferri as directed above.

 


 

New Engineering and Science Building at the University of Connecticut

*NEW*June 2014 Record of Decision, New Engineering and Science Building

Municipality where project is proposed:  Mansfield

Address of Possible Project Location: Glenbrook Rd. at University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus

Project Description: The University of Connecticut is seeking to build a New Engineering & Science Building off Glenbrook Road at the Storrs Campus.   This five-story, 118,000 GSF building is proposed to be located between the Chemistry Building and the Psychology/Biology Building, partially within the footprint of the old Central Warehouse, which will be demolished.  The New Engineering & Science Building will serve the university staff and students, offering new laboratories and offices, classrooms, and meeting rooms. New construction associated with this project will incorporate best practices of sustainability with a minimum goal of LEED Silver and conformance with High Performance Building standards.

The University has prepared an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) to further evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action, as well as other alternative sites considered, including the No Action alternative. 

A copy of the EIE is available here:

EIE New Engineeering and Science Building Report, April 2014

A Public Hearing was held on the EIE on:

Date:     May 29, 2014

Time:    7:30 PM

Place:    Room 146, UConn Bishop Center; One Bishop Circle; Storrs, CT 06269

May 29th Public Hearing Presentation

Written Public Comments:

Town of Mansfield, 5/28/14

Willimantic River Alliance, 5/28/14

If you have questions about the Environmental Impact Evaluation, please contact Mr. Jason Coite at jason.coite@uconn.edu or 860-486-9305.

 


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