April 15, 2014

Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center Now Open!


Mary Beth Mello, Region 1 Administrator, Federal Transit Administration (FTA); Vicki Shotland, Executive Director, Greater Hartford Transit District; and Congressman Joe Courtney look on as Adam Zimmer cuts the ribbon for the new Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center. They are joined at right by Karen Zimmer (wife of the late Gary Zimmer, one of the Mansfield residents and transportation advocates for whom the center is named); Mansfield Mayor Betsy Paterson; and Mansfield Town Manager Matthew Hart.
Photo: Paterson/Mansfield Downtown Partnership

The Town of Mansfield and the Mansfield Downtown Partnership celebrated the Grand Opening of the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center on Monday, April 14, 2014.

The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center is an innovative project funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The Town of Mansfield received $4,940,000 as part of the FTA’s Bus and Livability Grant Program to construct an intermodal transportation hub and transit pathway.

“We’re proud to help Mansfield build a more walkable, sustainable community,” said Deputy Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan. “Transit ridership across the country is at its highest level since 1957, thanks in part to the growing demand for real transportation choices in communities like this one.”

The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center is conveniently located in the heart of Storrs Center, Mansfield’s new mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented downtown. The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center provides easy access to Windham Region Transit District (WRTD) buses and UConn shuttles, allowing residents to take advantage of public transportation within town and the region. Peter Pan bus line has added the Nash-Zimmer as a stop, providing access to Hartford, Providence, and Boston via public transit. An innovative information technology system helps riders track the location and arrival and departure times of their desired bus both inside and outside of the center.

Peter Pan Bus Lines has added the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center as a stop,
providing Mansfield residents with convenient access to Hartford, Providence, and Boston.
Photo: Paterson/Mansfield Downtown Partnership

In addition to bus service, the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center serves as an information center for the new downtown, Storrs Center. An interactive kiosk provides helpful information about local amenities along with bus schedules and routes.

The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center features information kiosks as well as a
system that tracks the buses as they arrive and depart.
Photo: Paterson/Mansfield Downtown Partnership

The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center also features amenities for cyclists. For cyclists who commute by bike, there is an opportunity to join a commuters’ club for access to showers, indoor bicycle storage, and lockers. For the casual rider, there are bicycle racks just outside of the Nash-Zimmer for easy access when visiting the shops, restaurants, and offices in Storrs Center.

The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center has bicycle racks available for public use.
 commuters' club for cyclists will start soon and will provide interior bicycle storage, changing rooms, and showers for members.
Photo: Paterson/Mansfield Downtown Partnership

Adjacent to the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center, the Storrs Center parking garage features charging stations for electric vehicles and serves as a pick-up/drop-off location for the Hertz on Demand shared vehicle program.

Throughout Storrs Center, wide sidewalks with ample lighting, street trees, and benches create a pleasant environment for pedestrians. The close proximity of many different types of restaurants, retail shops, offices, and apartments encourage residents and visitors to walk to varying destinations. E. O. Smith High School, Mansfield Community Center, Mansfield’s Town Hall, the Post Office, and the UConn campus are all within easy walking distance of the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center, further reducing the need for vehicles for Mansfield residents and visitors.

Getting ready for the ribbon-cutting are (from left to right CT State Representative Gregory Haddad (D-54); CT State Senator Donald E. Williams, Jr.; CT Secretary of the State Denise Merrill; CT State Representative Linda Orange (D-48); Congressman Joe Courtney; Mary Beth Mello, Region 1 Administrator, Federal Transit Administration (FTA); Vicki Shotland, Executive Director, Greater Hartford Transit District; and Adam Zimmer and Karen Zimmer, son and wife of the late Gary Zimmer, one of the Mansfield residents and transportation advocates for whom the center is named.
Photo: Paterson/Mansfield Downtown Partnership

United States Congressman Joe Courtney; Secretary of the State Denise Merrill; State Senator Donald E. Williams, Jr.; State Representative Gregory Haddad; State Representative Linda Orange; Elizabeth Paterson, Mayor, Town of Mansfield; Mary Beth Mello, Region 1 Administrator, Federal Transit Administration; Vicki Shotland, Executive Director, Greater Hartford Transit District; William Wendt, Director of Logistics Administration, UConn; Janet Freniere, Manager, Transportation Services, UConn; Karen Zimmer; and Lon Hultgren, Retired Public Works Director/Town Engineer, Town of Mansfield participated in the ceremony.

The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center is located at 23 Royce Circle.
Photo: Paterson/Mansfield Downtown Partnership

Links to information regarding bus schedules can be found at the Nash-Zimmer website, www.MansfieldCT.gov/TransportationCenter. Announcements can be found on the website and through the Nash-Zimmer Twitter feed, @NashZimmer.

For more information about Storrs Center, please visit www.mansfieldct.gov/DowntownPartnership or www.storrscenter.com.

March 14, 2014

Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center

Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center
23 Royce Circle
Photo: Paterson/Mansfield Downtown Partnership

The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center is nearing completion. Construction began in the spring of 2013 on this intermodal transportation node that will serve as a bus and bicycle hub and information center.

While interior work is wrapping up, UConn and Windham Region Transit District (WRTD) buses are now stopping at the Nash-Zimmer to their routes. Peter Pan buses will add the Nash-Zimmer to their route this spring.

Among the planned features of the Nash-Zimmer transportation center will be racks, showers, lockers, and storage for bicycle commuters. Exterior bicycle racks are already in use by local cyclists.

A video wall with information about Storrs Center and surrounding cultural and recreational opportunities will be located inside the Center.

The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center is named for Dennison Nash and Gary Zimmer, two longtime Mansfield residents who were strong advocates for alternative transportation.

For more information, please visit www.mansfieldct.gov/TransportationCenter.

And, be sure to follow the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center on Twitter: @NashZimmer

The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center is expected to open Spring 2014.
Photo: Paterson/Mansfield Downtown Partnership

January 31, 2014

Open for Business!


A wide variety of businesses have opened in Storrs Center over the past couple of months. Here's a complete listing of who's open for business with the newest shops and offices indicated with an asterisk:



One Dog Lane

ONE DOG LANE


Nine Dog Lane

NINE DOG LANE
*Pandora's Playground: Tattoo, Piercing, & Gallery
The Oaks on the Square Leasing Office


Eleven Dog Lane

ELEVEN DOG LANE

One Royce Circle
(with future Town Square under construction in foreground)

ONE ROYCE CIRCLE

August 1, 2013

Traffic Alert: Bolton Road Ext Open

Traffic Alert: New Traffic Pattern in Storrs Center
Bolton Road Ext Open to Vehicles; Wilbur Cross Way Temporarily Closed

The construction of Bolton Road Extension and Royce Circle in Storrs Center is now substantially complete, and these two streets are open to vehicles. Motorists wishing to head south on Storrs Road/Route 195 may now use the new, four-way, signalized intersection of Storrs Road and Bolton Road.

To accommodate on-going construction in Storrs Center, Wilbur Cross Way will be temporarily closed. This road will eventually be a two-way street connecting Royce Circle and Charles Smith Way (formerly referred to as the Post Office Road).

If you have any questions regarding this new traffic pattern and temporary road closure, please email StorrsCenterInfo@mansfieldct.org.


July 19, 2013

Entering the home stretch

Construction of One Royce Circle is nearing completion. The residents of The Oaks on the Square, whose apartments are on the upper four floors, are scheduled to move in in mid-August. On the first floor, each commercial tenant has a unique schedule, and the businesses will open as they are ready throughout the fall.

One Royce Circle
One Royce Circle, view from Storrs Road
One Royce Circle
One Royce Circle, southwest view

The streetscape enhancements of Storrs Road should be completed within the next two weeks. The new trees and landscaping create a more pleasing environment for pedestrians along Storrs Road.

Storrs Road sidewalk, in front of E. O. Smith High School

The paving of Bolton Road Extension and Royce Circle, which has started, will take place over the next few weeks. Bolton Road will connect with Bolton Road Extension to create the main, four-way, lighted intersection into Storrs Center. Traffic will be able to head north or south on Storrs Road from this intersection, and Bolton Road Extension and Royce Circle will form the remaining perimeters of the Town Square, the design of which is in progress.

The intersection of Storrs Road and Bolton Road will be the
main, four-way, lighted intersection into Storrs Center.
The form of the future Town Square is becoming visible.