Storrs Center, a public-private partnership that leveraged $200 million in private investment with $25 million in public funds, spent years on the drawing board but is now well under way. I visited last week. The first part of Phase 1, adjoining buildings at 1 and 9 Dog Lane on the northern end of the project, are finished. The architecture is what some call “historicist” — a modern take on older city design — reminiscent of Blue Back Square and some other town centers.
The mixed-use structures have four floors of apartments — 125 units — above 30,000 square feet of retail. The apartments are all leased, as is virtually all of the retail space. Indeed, most of the 190 apartments in the next phase are mostly spoken for, even though the building is under construction. “The demand has been amazing,” said Howard Kaufman of master developer LeylandAlliance LLC. That this was done in the recession years makes it all the more remarkable.
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