UConn-Hartford

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  1. microfich

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    And golf. I played on all three at UCH '72-74. Played on Field House floor as lead-in to the varsity hoops game once. There was also still a JV hoops team at Storrs. We played other UConn branches, Jr. and community colleges in CT. Had some baseball players that made varsity at Storrs. The great Dave Daniels was AD (and coach of baseball, golf). Mario Sotilli was hoops coach.
     
  2. Stinger92860

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    Avery point had a top 20 juco women's basketball team about 6-7 years ago
     
  3. HuskyDogArt

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    I would like to see UConnHartford have a few athletic teams, but first if the state want that, I'd love to see the Community College reactive their teams. Manchester Community College had great basketball teams and soccer teams. I doubt you'll see UConn -Hartford doing any athletics. Would love to see a rivalry between UHart and UConn-Hartford in Lax.
     
  4. HuskyDogArt

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    Giving Rentschler to CSU would be great ONLY IF CSU joined the AAC. After we went to the B1G, that is...
     
  5. HuskyDogArt

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    They'd be a D3 team playing at Dillon Stadium. If that ever happened...i heard that Goodwin College might start athletics...
     
  6. Drew

    Drew Its a post, about nothing!

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  7. Drew

    Drew Its a post, about nothing!

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    Update from the UConn Magazine:

    Downtown CampusWhen UConn’s Hartford campus moves downtown in the capital city in fall 2017, it’s going to mean a lot more than just a change of address.

    As dynamic new renderings show, the planned Hartford campus will be a milestone for the University and for the city, anchoring the continued growth of UConn’s academic mission while contributing to the revitalization of downtown.

    The center of the campus will be the restored Hartford Times building, which will retain its iconic façade. A new, attached five-story building will offer state-of-the-art classrooms and labs for University students and faculty.

    The nearby Graduate Business Learning Center will be consolidated with the other programs at the new campus, including the Department of Public Policy and School of Social Work.

    The University will also add a master’s degree program in engineering at the campus, along with expanded public policy, urban studies, and education programs.

    The new location will bring students closer to potential internships, service projects, and jobs in urban K-12 schools, government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and other entities.

    About 2,300 commuting students and 250 employees will be based at the campus, which will return UConn to its urban roots; although located in West Hartford since 1970, the regional campus was first established in Hartford in 1939.


    http://magazine.uconn.edu/2015/04/getting-off-the-ground/
     
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  8. Drew

    Drew Its a post, about nothing!

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    Drew Its a post, about nothing!

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  10. huskymedic

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  11. BoatShow

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    The school that's been crying about money?
     
  12. uconnphil2016

    uconnphil2016 Spectacularly Insulated

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    I mean, an entire college campus for under 3x the price of constructing the Yard Goats stadium isn't such a bad deal
     
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  13. Mr. Conehead

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    The city of Hartford is where budget projections go to die.
     
  14. Dooley

    Dooley Driving the bus straight off the cliff

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    Cost aside, that does look like a sharp satellite campus. MUCH better than the current satellite in West Hartford. I hope student presence at XL hoops and hockey games will get a boost from this opening.
     
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  15. UConn9604

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    It's a great concept and will look really sharp, but property values are so low in Hartford (compared to the cost of construction) that UConn would have been better served by buying a vacant office building (or two) and refitting that, than building a new campus in place.

    My guess is that UConn was urged (by someone in power) to build the campus on that site rather than find a most cost-effective option.
     
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  16. NYUConn

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    I was under the impression that the campus was taking over the old Hartford Times building and a couple other vacant ones? Are they actually just demolishing the lot and rebuilding? That would be a shame, I loved the Hartford Times building.
     
  17. UConn9604

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    They're building into/behind the old Hartford Times façade (which is almost as big as the building itself). You can see the Hartford Times façade in that picture posted above, to the bottom left.

    That Hartford Times building is really, really neat. Four different U.S. Presidents have spoken from those steps.
     
  18. NYUConn

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    Oh yeah that's right I see the pillars. It was always one of my favorite buildings downtown. Am very happy that it's finally going to be used again.
     
  19. TRest

    TRest Horrible

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    Someone should ask the current students at the branch if they would prefer having to drive in to Hartford everyday. I was talking to a UConn rep at a recent college fair, he said the new branch would be utilizing various facilities downtown such as the public library, as it won't have space for it's own library. I'm not a fan.
     
  20. UConn9604

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    They're also planning on holding lectures in area facilities that aren't used in daylight hours, such as the new theater on Front Street, too.
     
  21. CL82

    CL82 It's going to be ok - calm down and enjoy the ride

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    Not really an apples to apples comparison Boat. Amortize that $140M over the life of the new campus. It is a little more than half the proposed cost of the XL center reno. It doesn't seem unreasonable to me, but we have a few real estate/construction/developer guys on the board who could speak to it more knowledgeably.
     
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  22. NYUConn

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    Also this strikes me as a smart development and investment. This campus is going to be a center of activity and commerce for years to come. There will always be people coming in and out of it. Academia is a fairly stable industry.

    Investing in arenas and stadiums is far more risky. It assumes 1) a long-term tenant 2) a successful or entertaining product. Which all of us have been around the Hartford-area long enough to realize is far from a safe bet.

    I have no problem with this.
     
  23. husky10

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    I am interested to know what percentage of students use cars versus public transportation to get to the current campus. Has anyone heard what the parking situation would be at the new campus, it could be ugly if not done correctly.
     
  24. CL82

    CL82 It's going to be ok - calm down and enjoy the ride

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    University spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said the value of the West Hartford campus won't be known until a use for the property is determined.

    The property cannot be used for commercial development under current zoning. It would be worth more, for example, if the town decided to use it for senior housing than if it decides to turn it into a park, Reitz said.


    Wait, what? The property is worth what it is worth. Value it at under the current zoning rules.

    For what it worth, if it has significantly more value as a commercial property, I'd quietly reach out to the town to see if they are amenable to zoning change. UConn could sell it for more and West Hartford gets to tax it on a higher base. I have no idea if that makes sense given the property's location.
     
  25. FASTEDDY

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    Beautiful looking and will be a 1st class campus which it should be with UCONN being a TOP 20 MAJOR NATIONAL PUBLIC INSTITUTION.

    This is worthy of Big10 Status.

    Love the direction that the university is headed.

    Lot of stuff coming together: Top 20 ranking, new and improved medical school, Jackson lab, Hartford campus, research park, new buildings and labs on campus, new sports facilities, new Mansfield downtown development with shops and vibrant activity. Really positive.

    1st Class stuff costs money. However, UCONN is an investment in the future of the state, its economy and citizens.
     
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  26. TRest

    TRest Horrible

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    Yes, this seems ass-backwards. The price won't go up depending on who is bidding on it. West Hartford has already said no to any commercial development, as it sits in the middle of a residential zone and has a 100 year flood plain going through it. St. Josephs is adjacent to the parking lot side, but would not appear to need the extra land and buildings. Since UConn has pronounced the existing buildings as being too expensive to renovate, could luck finding a buyer who will pay for them as an asset.
     
  27. UCPusky

    UCPusky "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

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    The West Hartford campus is surrounded on all sides by single-family residences. The Town of West Hartford is not going to change the zoning to commercial.
     
  28. upstater

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    LOL!!!!!

    I'm not saying this branch should have its own library, but it is downright laughable to expect students to use the public library. This is like telling the stonemason that you're not going to give him rocks, but there are some abandoned gravel pits around town.

    I think the students will do just fine using interlibrary loan from the Storrs campus.
     
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  29. Sportsman5

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    Will the Hartford campus have an enrollment greater than the current West Hartford enrollment?

    If UConn Storrs wants to be considered a top university and increase recruitment from top employers, then the university must increase the caliber of student attending the school. The reputation of a school isn't based on how new and nice it's labs are, but rather based on the performance and potential of it's students. If UConn Storrs keeps increasing enrollment, then it makes it difficult to accomplish this. Students who have success at the branches and other state schools can transfer to UConn Storrs after 1-2 years.
     
  30. upstater

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    Schools' reputations are largely based on the amount of stuff they produce.