|December 2006 - University of Hartford Grants Conservation
Easements on 12 Acres
The West Hartford Land Trust will help protect twelve acres on the University of Hartford campus. As part of the Army
Corps of Engineers’ approval of permits for the University’s project to upgrade its soccer and softball fields and add a
new baseball field, the University agreed to preserve and protect in perpetuity two separate six-acre parcels of its
property from any future development by placing conservation easements on these parcels of land.
WHLT has agreed to become the “grantee” on conservation easements on two separate, six-acre parcels to ensure
that they stay in their current, natural state forever.
One of the parcels is located south of the University’s Operations/Public Safety Building (near the planned site of the
new University High School of Science and Engineering building) and the other is located north of the University’s
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December 2005 - Local Architect Donates Parcel Off Farmington
In December 2005 The West Hartford Land Trust took title to a large parcel of undeveloped land off Farmington Avenue
near West Hartford Center. Renowned local architect Tai Soo Kim donated the nearly 1.5 acre property located in the
Farmington Avenue block bordered by Garfield Road, Wardwell Road, and Eastview Street, less than a mile from West
"My lifestyle does not match a big house where you have three different places to eat and six bedrooms," said Kim,
whose design work includes such award-winners as West Hartford's Bristow Middle School, the Learning Corridor,
Artspace in Hartford, and the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia. "I like to live a simple life."
“The generosity of Mr. Kim will preserve and protect this property for the benefit future generations of West Hartford,”
said John Shulansky, President of the West Hartford Land Trust. “It will remain undeveloped and undisturbed,” he said.
This is the third parcel of land to be donated to WHLT. The first parcel is directly across the street on Farmington
Avenue. A second parcel is off Clark Drive on Avon Mountain. To date, WHLT has preserved nearly five acres of open
space land in West Hartford.
“The mission of the Land Trust is to enhance the quality of life in our community through acquiring, conserving and
preserving open space in West Hartford,” said Mr. Shulansky. “We sincerely hope Mr. Kim’s extraordinary gift will be an
inspiration to others in West Hartford.”