The University of Connecticut (UConn) is planning a design-build project on the Storrs Campus in the area of the South Campus roughly bounded by Mansfield Road to the east, Maple Lane to the south, the Anna M. Snow Residence Hall to the west, and Gilbert Road to the north. Known as the “South Campus Residence Hall Project,” the Proposed Action to be assessed under the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) process consists of the following elements:
- Residence hall and dining facility comprised of approximately 200,000 gross square feet with 600-650 beds and 600-700 dining seats
- Utility and infrastructure improvements, and tie-ins to existing utilities
The Proposed Action is located within the Roberts Brook sub-watershed, within the Fenton River watershed, and within the University of Connecticut National Register Historic District. Elements of the Proposed Action were identified in the University’s Campus Master Plan, including a residence hall in the proposed location. While projected enrollment at UConn is expected to remain generally flat for the foreseeable future, much of the existing on-campus housing stock is in need of renewal. The Proposed Action will create capacity to take other housing facilities offline for renovation and modernization. UConn will incorporate comments from a public scoping meeting, and evaluate the Proposed Action with taking no action or other feasible alternatives. Direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts associated with the Proposed Action – including those related to historic resources and other impacts identified in the 2016 CEPA process for the South Campus Development – will also be assessed.
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Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on December 16, 2021.
There will be a VIRTUAL Public Scoping Meeting for this proposed action on Wednesday, December 8th at 6:30 PM (EST). Participants MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE through the following link:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting (including an option to join by phone). Additional information regarding the meeting, as well as a link to a recording of the meeting, will be posted at: https://updc.uconn.edu/.
Written Comments and/or Requests for Public Scoping Meeting Materials Should Be Sent by Fax or E-mail to:
James Libby, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
University Planning, Design and Construction
31 LeDoyt Rd, Unit 3038, Storrs, CT 06269-3038
Fax: (860) 486-3117
Inquiries and requests to view and or copy documents, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, must be submitted to:
Public Records Administration
c/o University Communications
34 North Eagleville Road, U-3144, Storrs, CT 06269-3144
Phone: (860) 486-5337
What Happens Next: UConn will make a determination whether to proceed with preparation of an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) or that the project does not require the preparation of an EIE under the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA). A Post-Scoping Notice of its decision will appear in a future edition of the Environmental Monitor.