HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – Architectural work on Hartford’s stalled minor league ballpark could resume as early as Wednesday, according to city officials.
Mayor Luke Bronin says the surety bonding company, Arch Insurance, has entered into an agreement with Pendulum, an architecture firm, to return to Dunkin’ Donuts park to complete a scope of work which is necessary to re-open the project site and complete construction. Arch will pay for Pendulum’s work, said officials.
“Despite all the distractions, threats, and gamesmanship, we’ve stayed laser-focused on getting Arch Insurance to take over construction of the ballpark, because it’s the best result for Hartford and for Hartford’s taxpayers,” said Bronin. “Arch has not yet taken full responsibility, but by formally engaging the architect, they’ve taken a significant step forward in that direction.”
As part of the agreement, the City of Hartford will wire $247,422.88 to Pendulum for past invoices that DoNo LLC had not paid, and the City has reserved all of its rights to seek reimbursement from Arch and from DoNo LLC for the advance of these funds, said a statement from the Mayor’s Office.
The developers of the minor league ballpark missed two deadlines for “substantial completion” of the 6,000-seat stadium. The most recent deadline was May 17. The Stadium Authority terminated its contract with the developers in June in light of the missed deadlines.
The delays have kept the Hartford Yard Goats from playing in the city for the entire 2016 season.