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City officials meet with insurance company over stadium delays

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The City of Hartford met with the insurance company overseeing the construction of the Yard Goats baseball stadium on Tuesday.

The closed-door meeting between city officials and the insurance company, Arch Insurance, came after the city said the developer missed a second deadline to complete the project.  

Millions of dollars may be needed to finish the stadium and city leaders have made it clear that they are not paying any more money.

"It was a good productive meeting today," Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said. "I think everybody in that room was committed to getting the stadium done."

"It was a very productive meeting and everybody, including ourselves and the city, are committed to finishing the stadium," Jason Rudnick, who is with the stadium developer Centerplan, said. 

Two weeks after the already extended deadline, Centerplan said the stadium was 95 percent finished; however, there were elevators that were not working yet, as well as unfinished railings and steps.

The developer claimed several construction changes by the city forced the delay. 

Bronin and the developer of the ballpark have been at odds, yet after a private meeting, they seemed to be on the same page. Although neither gave details about what was actually discussed and when the stadium will be finished.

Arch Insurance, which is holding the bond, was part of that meeting.

The city wants the insurance company to take over the project to make sure it gets done as quickly as possible.

The $56 million stadium has missed two deadlines and some worry it may not open in time for any of this year's baseball season. 

Last week, Bronin filed a claim with the insurance company that said Centerplan was way behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget.

On Tuesday, the insurance company could decide to bring in another developer or allow Centerplan to finish the job.

“They have an obligation to continue to work. I hope they work as quickly as possible. We would like nothing more than to see them finish this job in a reasonable time frame,” Bronin said.

After Tuesday's meeting, it is unclear if there will be another meeting between city officials, Centerplan and Arch Insurance. 

There is no time frame as to when Dunkin' Donuts Park will open. 

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