March 17, 2006
By JEFFREY B. COHEN, Courant Staff Writer
Mayor Eddie A. Perez will have to wait awhile longer to get undergraduate
feet on the street, as plans to house students from the University
of Hartford at the Sage-Allen development project on Main Street
are behind schedule, officials said Thursday.
The project originally called for 136
students to be housed there this coming fall, but university President
Walter Harrison said he learned this week that the units won't be
ready until year's end. That means the earliest students could move
in would be the beginning of the spring semester, in early 2007.
"I'm not frustrated," Harrison
said. "I know enough about construction to know that things
rarely go right on schedule."
The $50 million, publicly subsidized
Sage-Allen project is intended to bring student housing, market-rate
apartments, a parking garage, and roughly 12,000 square feet of
retail space to Main Street. It will also reopen Temple Street,
a one-way passage between Main and Market streets.
The project, next to the rehabilitated
Richardson Building, and two buildings down from Capital Community
College's home in the former G. Fox building, hasn't suffered from
any one specific delay, said Marc S. Levine, the project's developer.
"It's just an incredibly complex
project; it's a very tight site," he said. "This isn't
a positive financial thing, but it's not dire, either."
Levine said that the garage should
be open by July, the market rate apartments and retail should be
open around September, and the student housing will be done by year's
The delay means that the university's
housing situation will continue to be tight. It has roughly 5,500
undergraduate students and 3,600 beds on campus. Those beds were
at 103 percent of capacity this fall, Harrison said. That means
some double rooms became triples.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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