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Jun 04, 2024

Northland, UConn Sign Lease for Downtown Hartford Space

University expands regional campus by securing office space
within premier mixed-use asset Hartford 21


Hartford, Conn. – June 3, 2024 – The University of Connecticut and Northland, a national real estate private equity firm with $8 billion of assets under management, have signed an agreement in which UConn will lease office space at Hartford 21 (H21), expanding its nearby campus with additional offerings in Northland’s premier mixed-use downtown property.


The 51,077-square-foot space encompasses the entire third floor of the Trumbull Block Office portion of the H21 complex with a ground-floor lobby. The location is poised to become a hub for various UConn academic and research endeavors, including clinical labs, a food innovation center, health research initiatives in collaboration with UConn Health, and potentially sports medicine facilities.


After a decade of housing the University of Saint Joseph’s School of Pharmacy, the space in H21 is ripe for transformation under UConn’s vision, following the pharmacy school’s move to the university’s main campus in West Hartford.


“Northland is proud to reinforce its ongoing commitment to Hartford through this partnership with UConn and is pleased to support their efforts to expand their campus and offerings to students,” says Rita Tyszka, Vice President of Commercial at Northland. “The space is perfectly tailored to accommodate UConn’s plans, and with staff parking also available on-site at the H21 Garage, this was just a seamless fit.”


The decision to lease the H21 premises aligns with UConn’s vision for an urban campus, fostering a dynamic environment where students can engage with diverse academic offerings, local dining, shops, and entertainment venues throughout downtown Hartford. The university expects to start occupying the space in September 2024.


“This location provides UConn with space to expand its presence downtown, where it’s easily walkable from the main campus building and close to many desirable amenities,” says Anne D’Alleva, UConn’s Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “It will be a welcome addition to our UConn Hartford community, and a valuable piece of the University’s overall academic and research mission.”