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UConn-Stamford dorms receive final approval
STAMFORD — A long-awaited plan for downtown student housing received the final stamp of approval from the University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees Wednesday.
“I am very pleased that this long and tortured process is coming to fruition,” Mayor David Martin said. “I am so excited to have UConn students living here by next fall.”
A student housing development was first promised to the city three years ago when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced plans to provide funding to help expand UConn-Stamford’s campus and course offerings.
The university has since struggled to find the right location for the dorms.
It first sought proposals for campus housing projects in 2014, requesting plans for a development that could house between 200 and 400 students.
UConn had previously considered the property at 59 Broad St., which officials realized did not meet the university’s needs and is now a three-story building next to Target’s garage entrance.
Salvatore’s development, located at 900 Washington Blvd., is only about a block from UConn’s campus at Broad and Franklin streets.
“We are excited that the project is moving forward and look forward to welcoming hundreds of new students into our property and the Stamford downtown community,” said Salvatore, president of RMS.
The planned structure will be comprised of 116 units, including 10 studios, 49 single-bedroom units and 57 two-bedrooms, and will house up to 350 students. Amenities include a meeting room, private study rooms and a second-floor lounge.
Each unit will include bedrooms, a kitchen, laundry facilities, bathrooms and a living room.
UConn has agreed to lease the residential portion of the building and most of the parking for 25 years, with options to renew later. Retail space on the ground floor will be retained by developer RMS.
“This is wonderful news not just for UConn, but for the city of Stamford,” UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement. “This reflects the tremendous demand we’ve seen for the programs at our Stamford campus, and will give our students in the region the opportunity for a more traditional college experience, while benefiting from all the things Stamford has to offer.”
The student housing development received its final city approval last month when the Zoning Board voted unanimously to move the project forward.
UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said the first group of 290 students could move in as soon as the fall 2017 semester.