By Kenneth R. Gosselin
10:35 AM EST, January 23, 2013
Downtown Hartford’s Constitution Plaza appeared to be the leading site for relocating the University of Connecticut’s West Hartford campus, after the university agreed to spend nearly $250,000 to study the former Travelers Education Center.
But the buzz in downtown commercial real estate circles is that the university may be cooling to the 135,000-square-foot education center.
A UConn spokeswoman declined to comment this morning, but said more information may be available as soon as Thursday on the relocation.
In November, the university announced that it would move the West Hartford campus downtown within a year, but it didn’t name a location and said it was evaluating potential sites.
UConn has not named potential locations but hiring an architectural firm to study the education center put the location among the frontrunners.
Other locations mentioned were Connecticut River Plaza and One Talcott Plaza, both in the immediate area of Constitution Plaza. It is widely known, however, that the state is close to buying the Connecticut River Plaza to consolidate office workers. One Talcott Plaza, at 103,000 square feet, is far smaller than Connecticut River Plaza or the former education center.
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