West Hartford Town Council Hears from Residents about Purchase of UConn Property
West Hartford’s Town Hall Auditorium was packed with a capacity crowd of approximately 500 people who came bracelet cuir polyurethane pour femme pulseira bomemie imprime metal decore sequin ensemble multi to listen, learn, and weigh in on whether or not they think the Town should purchase the UConn West Hartford campus.
Town Manager Ron Van Winkle gave a presentation about the economics of the decision a critical factor impacting the decision the Council must make prior to June 17, 2016. The decision would have been required by May 14, but on Monday morning the Town learned that it had been granted an extension by the University.
A presentation was also made by Superintendent of Schools Tom Moore regarding an exchange program involving 21 to 25 Chinese students set to begin with Weiming Education Group this fall, as well as the ocesrio bracelet de luxe en or pour femmes goutte deau zircone reglable bracelets porte bonheur potential for a larger exchange program in the future.
Chinese based Weiming Educational Group has provided UConn with a letter of intent indicating that it would like to purchase the campus for $12.6 million for the purpose of creating cadeau bracelet femme an international academy, and Tim 8 couleurs options de haute qualite jaune cubique zircone pierre en argent sterling bracelet DiScipio, CEO of Weiming Education Group USA, also gave a presentation to the crowd.
Thirty residents spoke at the meeting, with many expressing a desire for West Hartford to retain control of the property and others asking for additional information that they still felt was missing even after listening to the evening’s presentations.
Town taille bracelet femme Manager Ron Van Winkle spoke to a standing room only audience at West Hartford Town Hall regarding the purchase of the UConn property. Photo credit: Ronni Newton
Van Winkle summarized the events which led to the decision the Town now faces. The timeline began in 2012, when he and Mayer bracelet femme email Slifka first learned of UConn’s interest in closing the West Hartford campus and moving to downtown Hartford.
The Town met with area neighbors in 2014, and also began an bracelet femme manege a bijoux initial 3 pieces boheme a la main noeud elephant ensembles de bracelets pour les femmes mode argent chaine evaluation of the facilities. Van Winkle said he reached out the University of Saint Joseph and University of Hartford, neither of which were interested in the campus. The Central University of Finance and Economics bracelet cuir homme lepage in China expressed some initial interest in the site for a university, but that never materialized.
Van Winkle said bijoux bracelet femme that advocates brought up the possibility of putting affordable housing on the site. There was also interest from non profits a bandshell for the West Hartford Symphony, a theater for the Park Road Playhouse all of which would be nice but there was no funding strathspey mode femmes multi rangees strass ensemble gland fourrure boule pu mousse bracelet behind the ideas.
The Children’s Museum has previously expressed a desire to move to the ocesrio bleu kabbale mauvais oeil bracelet argent cristal turc bracelets bracelet vintag turquie turc UConn property, but the cost of that move would be between $15 and $20 million.
Weiming first entered the picture in June 2015. Van Winkle said he was told that they contacted UConn directly and toured the campus, but he did not meet with representatives of Weiming until September 2015.
When UConn’s Board of Trustees passed a resolution in December 2015 of its intent to sell, West Hartford was given the opportunity to make an bracelet femme argent personnalisé offer. Van Winkle was officially given permission to negotiate with UConn on Jan. 15, 2016. “We had hired a civil engineering firm to evaluate the site work. We met with the University multiple times over the coming months,” Van Winkle said.
UConn bracelet femme kenzo offered the property to the Town of West Hartford for $14.9 million, but that offer was declined.
In February 2016, Weiming Education ou acheter bracelet cuir homme Group officially expressed its interest in purchasing the West bracelet femme infini Hartford property in a letter sent bracelet cuir homme lion to Van Winkle. With the town’s knowledge, Weiming also entered into negotiations with the University of Connecticut which was bracelet femme interchangeable determined to be statutorily obligated to give the West Hartford the first right of bracelet femme strass refusal to purchase the property.
“That’s where we stand today. There’s a buyer who says they are interested in purchasing the site. We have the right to step in and purchase the site for the $12.6 million they offered,” said Van Winkle.
The UConn property is 58 acres, much of which is encumbered by wetlands and floodplains, Van Winkle said. Seventy four percent of the property is regulated by the wetlands commission, and because of that only a small portion of the property is able to be developed.
The buildings total 185,000 square feet, and the estimated cost of demolishing them, including abatement of hazardous materials, is $5,500,000. (payment in lieu of taxes) from the state.
Van Winkle spelled out why the economics don’t work for most types of development on the site, other than office or retail which would require rezoning and likely be rejected by the neighborhood.
The property is zoned for single family residential occupancy, but for the economics to work out a developer would have to build 180 lots far more than would be possible. A multi family residential project would have to be approximately 360 units to work economically, Van Winkle said.
The Town doesn’t need the space for any municipal or school buildings.
A public park, which many have suggested, would require wetlands permits and a special use permit, Van Winkle said. The cost would include the $12.6 million purchase tatouage polynesien bracelet femme price plus $5.5 million to demolish the existing buildings, plus the cost of park and field construction a conservative estimate of $20 million total, said Van Winkle.
To finance that, bonding would have to be issued which would include an average carrying cost of $1.65 million. Annual operating costs could be $250,000. Total annual expenditures for the park could be $2 million. “That’s bracelet femme tete de mort a big deal for us,” Van Winkle said.
“If we don’t purchase the site there is a secondary school for international students that has offered $12.6 million. They will have 90 days from signing of their agreement for due diligence and until end of year to get local approval,” Van Winkle explained. If the deal is approved, which at a minimum would require approval by the Town Planning and Zoning Commission, West Hartford is likely to receive about $500,000 in new taxes.
West Hartford Public Schools Involvement
Although the decision before the Town Council right now is about whether or not to purchase the UConn property, that decision has become intrinsically linked with the relationship between West Hartford Public Schools and Weiming.
Superintendent of coffret montre et bracelet femme Schools Tom Moore explained the exchange program that has been put into place and is set to launch this fall. That “pilot exchange program” for which 21 students have already been selected, is the bracelet femme tendance 2019 only deal that has been agreed to at this point.
The agreement was signed in January, and has been discussed publicly with the montre bracelet femme West Hartford Board of Education, Moore said. It was not done secretly, and the visit to China by Assistant Superintendent Andy Morrow and Director of Summer and Continuing Education and Diversity Roszena Haskins was to meet with the students and their families. Is was not, as asserted by Michigan based TEAM 20 which has rallied against a Weiming exchange program in its rural town, a lavish sightseeing trip…