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.

July 1, 2013

Construction Progressing

The next building in Storrs Center, One Royce Circle, is nearing completion. The upper floors house The Oaks on the Square apartments, which are set to open for new residents in mid-August. Much of the interior work is focused on finishing these floors: installing appliances, painting, and completing building inspections.

One Royce Circle, as seen from Storrs Road/Route 195

Just as in the first phase of the project, the commercial spaces on the first floor of One Royce Circle all have their own schedules. These spaces will begin to open in August and continue through the end of the year. The tenants announced to date include: UConn Co-op @ Storrs Center, Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry, UConn Health Center, Haru Aki Café, and Webster Bank. The commercial space is approximately 90% leased with the remaining spaces under discussion.

Meanwhile, the completion of the streetscape improvements has been slowed somewhat by the wet weather. The painting and decorative concrete elements that remain require dryer conditions than the area has recently enjoyed.

The work on Bolton Road Extension and the completion of Royce Circle have proceeded apace. These two roads will be substantially completed prior to the opening of One Royce Circle.

Among the streetscape improvements to Storrs Road are wider sidewalks and new plantings.