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Frequently Asked Questions About Storrs Center

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

 

1. Where is Downtown Storrs?
The Town of Mansfield is comprised of 19 historic villages,* of which Storrs is one. The Mansfield Downtown Partnership recognizes Downtown Storrs as the area between the Liberty Bank building on Storrs Road/Route 195 and UConn and from the Mansfield Community Center to Storrs Center.

*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. What is Storrs Center?
Storrs Center is located in Downtown Storrs. Storrs Center is a mixed-use town center and main street corridor at the crossroads of the Town of Mansfield, Connecticut and the University of Connecticut. Located along Storrs Road adjacent to the University, the Town Hall, the regional high school, and the community center, Storrs Center knits thoughtful architecture, pedestrian-oriented streets, and public spaces into a series of small neighborhoods that make up the new fabric of the town center. Ground floor retail and commercial uses opening onto landscaped sidewalks reinforce traditional street front activity and is supported by residences above and shared community spaces. Storrs Center combines retail, restaurant, and office uses with residential apartments.

 

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

The Storrs Center parking garage is adjacent to One Royce Circle (see map). Parking is free for the first two hours and is $1 an hour thereafter. The maximum daily charge is $8.

Free on-street parking is limited to 30-minutes or 2-hours, 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 around Betsy Paterson Square.

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4. Where can I charge my electric vehicle?
The lower level of the parking garage includes four electric car charging stations.

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

The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center serves as a central transportation node for UConn, Windham Region Transit District, and inter-city bus systems including Peter Pan. Buses are tracked in the “next bus system” which allows people waiting for a bus to know when the bus is actually arriving. Busses send a GPS signal to an application that is displayed inside and outside 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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6. 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 around Betsy Paterson Square.

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 Storrs Commons (1244 Storrs Road), Wingstop (1206 Storrs Road), the Mansfield Town Hall (4 S. Eagleville Road), and the Mansfield Community Center (10 S. Eagleville Road).

The Mansfield Town Hall has a limited number of bicycle lockers available for the public located in front of the Town Hall along Storrs Road/Route 195. There is a $10 deposit for a key. To sign up for a bicycle locker, please contact the Town’s Department of Public Works (860.429.3331).

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7. What is there to do in Storrs Center?
Eat, shop, learn, work, play, and live in Storrs Center!

Look who’s open for business:

One Dog Lane
Moe’s Southwest GrillCasual, quick-serve TexMex
7-ElevenConvenience store, open 24/7
FroyoworldFrozen yogurt lounge
Dog Lane CaféA European/American café
SubwayHealthy, made-to-order sandwiches
Insomnia Cookies Fresh-baked cookies with late-night delivery
Mooyah Burgers & FriesHamburgers, fries, and milkshakes

Nine Dog Lane
Geno’s GrilleItalian cuisine
The Flower PotFloral shop
Horizon TravelTravel agency
Head Husky Barber Styling Shop
Pandora's Playground Tattoo, Piercing, & Gallery
Bank of America ATM
Sweet EmotionsCandy boutique
Select Physical Therapy – Physical therapy services
Husky PizzaPizza, grinders, Halal food, & more
Storrs Center AllianceDevelopment office for Storrs Center

Eleven Dog Lane
Storrs AutomotiveFull-service auto repairs

One Royce Circle
Barnes and Noble UConn at Storrs Center Community bookstore and café
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
Webster Bank
UConn Health Urgent Care – Medical care offered on a walk-in basic; open to the public
UConn Health – Medical offices; open to the public
The H. A. Café – Modern Asian-American street fare & small plates
ThinkitDrinkit - Personalized nutritional supplement drinks
E-Fix & More - Cell phone and tablet repair services and accessories sales
UConn Dental - Dental services, open to the public
Storrs Wine & Spirits - Wine, beer, and spirits
GBS Threading & SPASalon services including hair removal and henna

Eight Royce Circle
CVS - Pharmacy 
Bruegger's Bagels and Jamba Juice - Bagels, sandwiches, and smoothies

12 Royce Circle
Blaze Pizza - Fast-Fire’d ® pizza; dine-in or take out
Dunkin' Donuts - Donuts, coffee, and more
Gansett Wraps - Pizza, wraps, and Mediterranean cuisine
The Oaks on the SquareLeasing offices for The Oaks apartments

1220 Storrs Road
Price Chopper - Full service grocery store and pharmacy

1206 Storrs Road
Hairy Cuttery - Full-service hair salon; by appointment or walk-ins
The UPS Store - Packing and shipping services
Wingstop - Chicken wings and more; dine-in or take out

28 Wilbur Cross Way
Educational PlaycareFamily-owned daycare facility

33 Wilbur Cross Way
Grille 86 - Sports bar and full-service restaurant
Kathmandu Kitchen - Authentic Nepalese and Indian foods
CME Associates - Multi-discipline engineering firm

34 Wilbur Cross Way
BLISS - Second-hand clothing boutique for women and men
Main Street Homes at Storrs Center - Sales office, open by appointment

40 Wilbur Cross Way
Amazon@Storrs - Pick-up and drop-off location
Toasted - Toasted sandwiches and more
National Institute for Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine - Accredited provider of continuing education for health and mental health professionals
Tea More Café - Taiwanese cuisine

Look who’s coming soon:

Wilbur Cross Way
Ice Monster - Thai ice cream
T-Mobile - Mobile phone sales and service
Tang - Chinese barbecue and karaoke

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8. What else is there to do in Downtown Storrs?
There is plenty to see and do in Downtown Storrs!

18 Dog Lane
UCPEAUConn Employees Union office
The Healing TrailTherapeutic massage
Dr. Lisa Oransoff – Psychologist
Dzintra Kingsley – Psychologist

Storrs Commons (1244 Storrs Road)
Chang’s GardenChinese restaurant
Tommy’s TanningTanning salon
Domino’s Pizza – Pizza, pick-up or delivery
CT State Employees Credit Union
AT&T MobilityMobile phone sales and service
Windham Hospital Physical Therapy
Starbucks – Coffee, teas, and pastries
People’s Bank
Hartford Healthcare Family Health Center
Perception Programs, Inc. - Behavioral health center

University Plaza (1232 Storrs Road)
Oriental CaféSushi, Japanese, and Chinese restaurant
Cut to the ChaseFull-service hair salon
University Pizzeria - Pizza, salads, wings, and more
Storrs Laundromat – Self-service laundry facility
Little Aladdin – Middle Eastern foods including shawarma
D. P. DoughCalzones, pick-up or delivery
Pho Asian Garden - Restaurant

1182-1184 Storrs Road
RE/MAX East of the River - Real estate agency
Storrs Therapeutic Massage - Massage, acupuncture, and yoga

2 Hanks Hill Road
Dr. Robin Weeks, DMD - Orthodontist

72 Flaherty Road
Dr. Maya Paulose DMD, FAGD - General dentist

1132 Storrs Road
Liberty Bank
Storrs Center CycleBicycles sales and service

Charles Smith Way
US Post Office

4 S. Eagleville Road
Audrey P. Beck Municipal BuildingMansfield Town Hall

10 S. Eagleville Road
Mansfield Community Center

1235 Storrs Road
E. O. Smith High School

UConn
School of Fine Arts
     The Benton Museum of Art
     Connecticut Repertory Theatre
     Contemporary Art Galleries
     Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
     The Studio Theatre/Mobius Theatre
     von der Mehden Recital Hall
Athletics Department
     Frietas Ice Forum
     Gampel Pavilion
     J. O. Christian Field
     Morrone Stadium
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
     Animal Barns
     Dairy Bar
     Horsebarn Hill
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History

Storrs Farmers Market - Located at Mansfield Town Hall
Open Saturdays, May through November

Outdoor recreation:
Albert E. Moss SanctuaryA Town of Mansfield property with over 2 miles of trails
Whetten WoodsA Joshua’s Trust property featuring over a mile of trails

See other Mansfield Parks and Preserves nearby

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

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10. What are the residential options in Storrs Center?
Storrs Center welcomes residents of all ages. The Oaks on the Square offers unfurnished studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments at market-rate rents in the heart of downtown. The apartments feature laminate hard wood flooring, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, private laundries, and the latest internet connectivity.

Current rate information for The Oaks on the Square is available on its website www.theoaksonthesquare.com.

For leasing information, contact Katie DeLany, Community Manager at The Oaks on the Square, or Keyla Rodriguez, Leasing and Marketing Manager. The Oaks on the Square office can be reached at 860.756.0330.

Main Street Homes at Storrs Center, a residential neighborhood featuring condominiums and town houses, is under construction. If you are interested in purchasing a home in a vibrant, walkable neighborhood, please visit storrscenter.com or call 845.351.2900 x400.

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11. What other residential options are there in Downtown Storrs?
Downtown Storrs is home to The Oaks on the Square and Knollwood Apartments (both market-rate rental apartments), the Courtyard at Storrs (condominium homes), and several residential neighborhoods with a variety of single-family homes and private apartments. Glen Ridge Cooperative (55+ adults), Juniper Hill Village (Section 8 housing for seniors), and Oakwood Apartments (market-rate rental) are all within a mile of Downtown Storrs.

Mansfield Apartments, a UConn property open to students only, is located across the street from the Mansfield Community Center, and several UConn dorms are located within walking distance of Downtown Storrs.

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12. How can I open a business in Storrs Center?
Storrs Center is thriving! Limited commercial space is still available. If you are interested in leasing commercial space, please click here.

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