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Frequently Asked Questions About Downtown Storrs

1. Where is Downtown Storrs?
2. Where can I park in Downtown Storrs?
3. Where can I charge my electric vehicle?
4. What is the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center?
5. Are there facilities for bicyclists in Downtown Storrs?
6. What is there to do in Downtown Storrs?
7. Where are the public restrooms?
8. What are the residential options in Downtown Storrs?

 

1. Where is Downtown Storrs?
The Town of Mansfield is comprised of 19 historic villages,* of which Storrs is one. Downtown Storrs is the area between the Liberty Bank building on Storrs Road/Route 195 and UConn and from the Mansfield Community Center to Whetten Woods. Downtown Storrs includes over 80 businesses (retail, restaurant, office), 650 housing units (rental and for-sale), a multi-modal transportation center (Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center), and Betsy Paterson Square where many events are held year round.

*The Town of Mansfield’s historic villages are: Merrow, Mansfield Depot, Mansfield Four Corners, Storrs, Gurleyville, Hanks Hill, Wormwood Hill, Mount Hope, Chaffeeville, Eagleville, Spring Hill, Atwoodville, Chestnut Hill, Mansfield City, Mansfield Center, Mansfield Hollow, Perkins Corner, Ridges, and Conantville.

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2. Where can I park in Downtown Storrs?
Downtown Storrs offers several parking options including on-street, lot, and garage parking.

The Storrs Center Parking Garage is adjacent to One Royce Circle. Parking is free for the first two hours and is $1 an hour thereafter. The maximum daily charge is $8 during the hours of 6:00 AM to midnight, with $2/hour from midnight until 6:00 AM.

Free on-street parking is limited to 30-minutes or 1-hour, as signed, and is strictly enforced with ticketing and towing.

The Dog Lane parking lot, located behind 9 Dog Lane, offers free, 2-hour parking and is strictly enforced with ticketing and towing.

Bicycle racks are located behind 9 Dog Lane. There are indoor and outdoor bicycle racks at the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center (23 Royce Circle – adjacent to the parking garage) and bicycle racks on Betsy Paterson Square and around the downtown.

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3. Where can I charge my electric vehicle?
The lower level of the parking garage includes four electric car charging stations. There are also charging stations at the Mansfield Community Center (10 S. Eagleville Road) and Price Chopper (1220 Storrs Road).

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4. What is the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center?
The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center is located adjacent to the parking garage.

The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center serves as a central transportation node for UConn, Windham Region Transit District (WRTD), and inter-city bus systems including CTtransit and Peter Pan. UConn and WRTD buses are tracked in the “next bus system” which allows people waiting for a bus to know when the bus is actually arriving. Buses send a GPS signal to an application that is displayed inside the Center as well as in a free smart phone app.

The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center also houses the Mansfield Library Express, a limited service outpost of the Mansfield Public Library. Borrow from a selection of featured titles, or request books from the main library. Readers can also return books at any time that the Nash-Zimmer is open. Learn more about the Library Express here.

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5. Are there facilities for bicyclists in Downtown Storrs?
Bicycle racks are located behind 9 Dog Lane. There are indoor and outdoor bicycle racks at the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center (23 Royce Circle – adjacent to the parking garage) and bicycle racks on Betsy Paterson Square and around the downtown.

The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center provides several amenities for cyclists. The outside of the center includes bike racks for short-term commuters. And, the Town has a Bike Commuter Club for frequent cyclists. Club members receive access to secure (swipe card) bike storage and private showers and lockers from 5:00 am to midnight. There are limited spots available due to space; interested riders can sign up for membership at the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center (23 Royce Circle) between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Downtown ambassadors at the front desk can assist with questions about Commuter Club membership, rates, and policies.

Bicycle racks are also located in front of the Mansfield Town Hall (4 S. Eagleville Road) and the Mansfield Community Center (10 S. Eagleville Road).

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6. What is there to do in Downtown Storrs?
Eat, shop, learn, work, play, and live in Downtown Storrs! Enjoy world-class arts and athletics at UConn, take a scenic hike in the Town's 135-acre Moss Sanctuary, grab dinner at one of the many downtown restaurants, and check out the truly unique puppet museum! Mark your calendars for the Mansfield Downtown Partnership's annual events, and be sure to check out our Event Calendar to see what's happening today!

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7. Where are the public restrooms?
Public restrooms are located in the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center.

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8. What are the residential options in Downtown Storrs?
Residents of all ages are welcome in Downtown Storrs. There are a variety of housing options, from market-rate rental apartments to for-sale town homes and condominiums. Within a mile of Downtown Storrs, there are several residential neighborhoods and additional apartment-living options. For more information, please click here.

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