West Hartford reaches deal with UConn to purchase campus, Mayor says

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WEST HARTFORD — The town of West Hartford reached deal with UConn over the weekend to purchase the former UConn West Hartford campus, according to Mayor Scott Slifka.

Mayor Slifka confirmed to FOX 61 on Monday that the town will buy the property for $5 million, a drop of nearly $8 million from the price UConn originally wanted. UConn wanted $12.6 million for the property.

UConn is leaving the 58-acre, five-building campus located near the intersection of Asylum Avenue and Trout Brook Drive in the fall of 2017 to move to a downtown Hartford location currently being built.

The plan was presented in an executive session to Town Council on Monday morning, Mayor Slifka said. The town does not have specific plans for the property at this time and will leave that open for the community to decide.

The West Hartford town council will vote on Monday, May 16 on whether to move forward.

Hundreds of town residents attended a meeting earlier this month to voice their opinion on what to do with the property.

If the town doesn’t act, another interested buyer, the Weiming Education Group in China, expressed its intent to purchase the land and setup a for-profit secondary school. The school would be intended to serve American, Asian, European and South American students.