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.
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 06269April 2016
Written comments should be sent to:
Name: Paul Ferri
Agency: UConn – Office of Environmental Policy
Address: 31 LeDoyt Road, U-3055, Storrs, CT 06269
If you have questions about the public hearing, or other questions about the scoping for this project, please contact Mr. Ferri as directed above.
April 1, 2016 Record of Decision, South Campus
June 20, 2016 MOU Between UConn and SHPO
August 3, 2016 South Campus EIE ROD – final sign-off
A copy of the EIE can be found here: South Campus Development EIE
Environmental Impact Evaluation, University of Connecticut, South Campus Development
Regulatory and Public Comments
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).
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:
Name: Jason Coite
Agency: UConn – Office of Environmental Policy
Address: 31 LeDoyt Rd., UNIT 3055, Storrs, CT