HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Construction on a veterans memorial at a park outside the Hartford Armory has yet to begin despite hopes expressed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other state officials that it would be complete by Veterans Day.
The project will instead be scaled back and the state will once again solicit bids for construction.
The Journal Inquirer reports that state Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda S. Schwartz said the cost was projected to be about $660,000, but bids came in topping $1 million. She hopes the project will be complete by Memorial Day.
The project was sent back to architects for changes to make it less costly.
Plans started in 2008 under then-Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who approved $500,000 in state borrowing, gave $100,000 of her own money and encouraged donations from residents and veterans.
Malloy said last year he would revive the project. He announced a scaled-back version at Minuteman Park in Hartford near the William A. O’Neill Armory. The governor said he resuscitated the project.
“I can assure you once I got involved, we moved it pretty quickly,” he said.
Those who want to help with the veterans memorial can donate by buying a walkway paver. The pavers can be engraved to honor individual veterans.
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