Mansfield takes steps to fight UC land deal

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Jul. 21—MANSFIELD — Mansfield officials said Tuesday they've taken steps to push back on the University of Connecticut's purchase of land planned for an affordable housing development.

" We're angry about this. That's really an understatement," Mansfield Mayor Antonia Moran said during a press conference Tuesday.

On July 13, developers and landowners Capstone Collegiate Communities LLC of Birmingham, Ala., and J.E. Shepard Co. of South Windsor formally withdrew their application from the town to create " The Villas at Four Corners."

That development would have been a 358- unit, multi- family residential complex at Four Corners at 1621 Storrs Road and Middle Turnpike.

This withdrawal followed a June 30 UConn Board of Trustees meeting where the passing of a consent agenda granted approval for the university administration to enter into agreements necessary to begin the acquisition of the two land parcels for the project.

UConn was approved to pay approximately $4.2 million, mostly funded by previously approved state bonds, to purchase a total of nearly 20 acres of land on Route 44, immediately north of UConn's Tech Park Parcel B.

In doing so, the university essentially killed the housing development project.

" We're exploring all our options to fight this decision and any future action by the university. The university has already filed an appeal of the inland wetland's decision on another development and I'm very concerned that this is a pretense of future interference with town business," Moran said.

Moran announced the town filed a Freedom

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We're angry about this. That's really an understatement.

Mansfield Mayor An tonia Moran

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