The Hartford campus of the University of Connecticut, (UConn) left the city in 1970 after it was first opened in 1939. When the University of Connecticut, (UConn) announced plans to move the Greater Hartford campus back to the City from West Hartford, H.B. Nitkin (Nitkin) submitted a proposal for the old Hartford Times building, the cornerstone of the Front Street District, to be the new campus site. UConn selected it out of 13 potential options and the school will become part of the downtown landscape in the next couple of years.
One of the unique concepts about the new campus is the inclusion of other city sites to use as learning centers. What more inspiring place to study art than at the Wadsworth Atheneum, or a science class at the Connecticut Science Center. Infinity Music Hall
and Spotlight Theatre make perfect venues for lectures on the performing arts, and the Hartford Public Library sets a stimulating scene the for classic and contemporary literature reviews.
Greenwich-based real estate developer, H.B.Nitkin proposed designs that repurpose the 1920’s structure into a college campus of up to 220,000 square feet. Integrating other neighborhood entities into use accomplishes another university objective of getting students out of the buildings and walking around the city. Approximately 2,200 students and 300 faculty and staff is anticipated to boost foot traffic beyond the 9-to-5 workday hours.
UConn will complete the move from West Hartford in 2017.