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The Undergraduate Building is one of several structures on UConn's former West Hartford campus.

UConn sells former West Hartford campus for $5.2 million

A digital financial technology company, Seven Stars Cloud Group, will moves its technology and innovation headquarters to the site.

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has approved the $5.2 million sale of the former UConn campus in West Hartford to a digital financial technology company, Seven Stars Cloud Group.

The Hartford Courant reports that the company, led by Bruno Wu, a Chinese billionaire, plans to move its global headquarters for technology and innovation to the campus.

The university says the 58-acre campus in West Hartford became available after it moved its area campus to downtown Hartford in 2017. The property includes three large buildings and two smaller structures.

At a trustees meeting, UConn’s Chief Financial Officer Scott Jordan said the deal will benefit the university.

“Given that UConn has no use for this property, we will be avoiding $500,000 [annually] in maintenance costs and receiving $5.2 million,” Jordan said.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said earlier this week that the now-empty college campus would become a “thriving center for research, training and business development.”

Wu said his company plans to develop the former campus into a $283 million tech hub for blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.

“We are going to be creating a lot of jobs and at the same time making a lot of investments,” Wu said.

 

 

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