Looking to open a business downtown? The Mansfield Downtown Partnership is here to help!
The Partnership has the information you need to find available space for lease in Downtown Storrs, to learn how your employees can get to work, to understand what regulations apply to downtown businesses, and to promote your business.
The Mansfield Downtown Partnership does not own any commercial space, nor does it act as a leasing agent or broker. The Partnership simply helps connect business owners to the correct contact for each building.
For information about commercial leasing in 1 and 9 Dog Lane; 1, 8, and 12 Royce Circle; 33, 34, and 40 Wilbur Cross Way; and 1206 Storrs Road, please visit storrscenter.com.
For leasing in other buildings, please contact the Partnership for more information.
SPECIAL DESIGN DISTRICT
Much of the downtown commercial space is within the Storrs Center: Special Design District (SC:SDD), a designated zoning area with a set of zoning regulations that covers everything from signage to storefront paint colors. Ask your potential landlord if the space that interests you is part of the SC:SDD. If it is, the Mansfield Downtown Partnership recommends reviewing the SC:SDD Guidelines prior to leasing space.
The Storrs Center: Special Design District was developed through years of planning, public input, and review and unanimous approval by the Town of Mansfield Planning and Zoning Commission. The goal of the SC:SDD is to guide the redevelopment of Downtown Storrs to ensure pleasant, varied storefronts and a mix of residential and commercial uses within a compact, pedestrian-friendly environment.
TRANSPORTATION & PARKING
Your future employees have many options for getting downtown. Four bus lines operate in Downtown Storrs: UConn, Windham Region Transit District (WRTD), CTtransit, and Peter Pan. All four lines make multiple daily stops at the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center and each has additional, varying stops throughout downtown. Visit the Nash-Zimmer's website for more information about bus stops, schedules, and fees.
The Town of Mansfield is a Bicycle Friendly Community, and commuting by bicycle is growing in popularity. The Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center offers a Bicycle Commuter Club, where members have access to secure, indoor bike storage and lockers and showers and changing rooms. There are bike racks located outside of the Nash-Zimmer, on Betsy Paterson Square, and at various locations throughout Downtown Storrs.
Downtown Storrs is conveniently located within an easy walking distance of E. O. Smith High School, UConn, and several residential neighborhoods.
The Storrs Center Parking Garage serves visitors, employees, and residents of downtown. For downtown employees, there are a limited number of monthly parking passes available for the garage. Contact LAZ Parking to inquire about the current availability of these passes.
Top photo: Mansfield Downtown Partnership/Paterson Photo