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Hartford drops stadium developer after series of setbacks

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Dunkin' Donuts Park. (WFSB photo) Dunkin' Donuts Park. (WFSB photo)

The City of Hartford is dropping the developers of its new baseball stadium after a series of delays, stating the contractors, "were in over their heads."

Mayor Luke Bronin announced on Monday afternoon that the city will fire DoNo, LLC and Centerplan construction.

Bronin said the city is convinced they ran out of money.

DoNo and the Centerplan construction company were contracted to build Dunkin' Donuts Park.

Bronin held a news conference at City Hall where he said several things inside the stadium remain incomplete.

The first official deadline the developers missed was May 17. That, according to city officials, was supposed to be the completion date for the $65 million stadium.

By missing that deadline, Bronin said the developers faced penalties for beaching their contract with the city. After an initial $50,000 dollar fee for not completing the stadium in time, a $15,000 per day fee was added.

They also missed the May 24 one-week grace period.

Before those dates, the original home opener for the Hartford Yard Goats was supposed to be played on April 7. That was moved back to May 31.

Last week, the city expressed concerns that Centerplan did not have the money or resources to complete the project by the end of the baseball season.

As a result, Bronin said he called the insurance company, which could have made a decision to fire Centerplan and replace it with a new company.

However, he said the city decided to go with releasing the center cog of the project wheel, DoNo.

The Yard Goats have been playing a string of games in Connecticut at Dodd Stadium in Norwich.

We'll have much more on this story tonight starting at 5 p.m.

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