You can learn more about the proposed Master Plan for the UConn Technology Park at an open meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building (Town Hall), located at the corner of Routes 195 and 275 (South Eagleville Road). The info session will be held in the council chambers.
If you are unable to attend in person, you will be able to watch the info session live at this link:
… and on Charter Cable Community Access Channel 13.
You also will be able to view the recorded session through Charter On Demand for at least 31 days following the meeting.
Charter also will rebroadcast the recorded session several times – check listings at http://www.mansfieldct.gov/channel13 .
The UConn Technology Park will be located on a roughly 300-acre site on a portion of university property known as North Campus, which is bordered by Route 44 on the north, Route 195 on the east, North Eagleville Road on the south and a long stretch of forest, wetlands and other landscape features to the west.
The General Assembly has allocated $170 million in state bonds to pay for the design and construction of an initial facility at the tech park, which will be called the Innovation Partnership Building.
The building will include roughly 125,000-square feet for specialized research equipment, flexible-use laboratories and business incubator space.
The plan is to gradually build out the park with other facilities depending on the types of business partnerships that develop and the market demand for research space.
The Innovation Partnership Building is projected to open in 2015.
One aspect of the project that will affect the local community is construction of a new access road that is expected to relieve UConn-related traffic congestion on Route 195. This part of the project is in the design and permit process.
Based on a feasibility study, UConn has projected the tech park will create between 1,000 and 1,300 new jobs, both directly and indirectly related to the facility, within its first 10 years.
Questions? Please contact Planning and Community Development Assistant Jessie L. Neborsky at the Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building at 860-429-3330 during office hours.
Posted December 5, 2012
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