Storrs Center

Format
Full

City
Mansfield

State/Province
CT

Country
USA

Metro Area
Hartford

Project Type
Mixed Use

Location Type
Small Town/Rural

Land Uses
Conservation Zone
Medical
Multifamily For-Sale Housing
Multifamily Rental Housing
Museum
Neighborhood/Community Center
Office
Open space
Restaurant
Retail
Structured Parking
Supermarket
Town Square
Transportation Use

Keywords
College campus
Downtown housing
Main street design
Main street retail
Mixed-use town center
Neighborhood retail center
Public-private partnership
Redevelopment
Town center
Town square
ULI Awards for Excellence 2015 Finalist
University development

Site Size
47.7 acres
acres hectares

Date Started
2004

Date Opened
2012

Storrs Center created a new, mixed-use downtown for the town of Mansfield, Connecticut, replacing a small shopping center adjacent to the University of Connecticut. Its 11 mixed-use buildings house 626 rental apartments and 139,707 square feet of retail and office; 42 for-sale townhouses and condominiums are also on the site. New retailers, such as a supermarket, restaurants, medical center, and bookstore, create an eclectic college-town atmosphere, while a half-acre town square and 20 acres of nature preserves provide places for gathering and recreation.

The project was initiated by a partnership between the town, the university, and local business leaders. Master developer LeylandAlliance, together with apartment developer Education Realty Trust (EdR), built the $169 million retail and residential development, while the town used over $25 million in grants for on-site infrastructure and planning. Storrs Center was a finalist for the ULI Global Awards for Excellence in 2015.

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Format
Full

City
Mansfield

State/Province
CT

Country
USA

Metro Area
Hartford

Project Type
Mixed Use

Location Type
Small Town/Rural

Land Uses
Conservation Zone
Medical
Multifamily For-Sale Housing
Multifamily Rental Housing
Museum
Neighborhood/Community Center
Office
Open space
Restaurant
Retail
Structured Parking
Supermarket
Town Square
Transportation Use

Keywords
College campus
Downtown housing
Main street design
Main street retail
Mixed-use town center
Neighborhood retail center
Public-private partnership
Redevelopment
Town center
Town square
ULI Awards for Excellence 2015 Finalist
University development

Site Size
47.7 acres
acres hectares

Date Started
2004

Date Opened
2012

Website

www.storrscenter.com

Developer (commercial)

LeylandAlliance LLC
Tuxedo Park, New York
www.leylandalliance.com

Developer (residential)

Education Realty Trust
Memphis, Tennessee
www.edrtrust.com

Developer (municipal)

Mansfield Downtown Partnership
Storrs, Connecticut
www.mansfieldct.gov/downtownpartnership

Owner (commercial)

SCT Storrs Center I LLC
Hart Realty Advisors
Simsbury, Connecticut

Master planner

Newman Architects PC
New Haven, Connecticut

Urban designers

Urban Design Associates
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Patrick L. Pinnell Architecture and Town Planning
Higganum, Connecticut

Architect

BL Companies
Meriden, Connecticut

Landscape architect (town square)

Kent + Frost Landscape Architecture
Mystic, Connecticut

General contractor

Erland Construction

Engineering

Desman Associates

Steven Winter Associates

Interviewees

Steve Bacon, president, Mansfield Downtown Partnership

Thomas Callahan, deputy secretary of Rhode Island Executive Office of Commerce; former associate vice president for infrastructure planning and strategic project management, University of Connecticut

Howard Kaufman, principal, LeylandAlliance LLC

Philip Lodewick, former president, Mansfield Downtown Partnership

Louis Marquet, principal, LeylandAlliance LLC

Betsy Paterson, former mayor, Mansfield, ex officio board member emerita, Mansfield Downtown Partnership

Cynthia van Zelm, executive director, Mansfield Downtown Partnership

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