October 24, 2012

Phase 1B Progressing

Mansfield residents are already enjoying the new and returning businesses that have already opened in Phase 1A of Storrs Center, and construction of Phase 1B is well underway.

With the demolition of the former Marketplace building complete,
there is a clear view of 1 Royce Circle from E. O. Smith High School.

Phase 1B consists of one building, 1 Royce Circle, which is adjacent to the Storrs Center parking garage.  This building is expected to open in August 2013 with 40,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor and with 190 rental apartments from The Oaks on the Square on the upper floors.

One Royce Circle will face the future Town Square.

This image shows 1 Royce Circle as it will appear from the southwest,
where the building meets the future Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center.

One Royce Circle will help to define the future Town Square.  In addition to forming the east end of the square by its location, the size and scale of the building will help create a distinct sense of place within the Town Square.  A third, future phase (1C) will from the southerly end once it is completed in 2014.

Each of the buildings framing the Town Square will have commercial space on the first floors.  The restaurants and shops, along with wide sidewalks and outdoor seating, will create a lively environment in the Town Square area, where residents and visitors can meet and mingle, partake in community events, and enjoy living in a diverse university community.

While the construction of Phase 1B continues, the construction of Phase 1A is wrapping up: façades are being painted, businesses are opening up, and the streetscape is filling out.  To date, eleven businesses have opened their doors in 1 Dog Lane (Froyoworld, Subway, Insomnia Cookies), 9 Dog Lane (Body Language, Travel Planners, Skora’s Barber Styling Shop, Bank of America, Sweet Emotions, Select Physical Therapy, and Husky Pizza), and 11 Dog Lane (Storrs Automotive). In the coming months, six more businesses will open: Moe’s Southwest Grill, 7-Eleven, Dog Lane Café, and Mooyah Burgers & Fries (1 Dog Lane) and Geno’s Grille (9 Dog Lane).