'Demobilizing effort' begins at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford - WFSB 3 Connecticut

'Demobilizing effort' begins at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford

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

The city of Hartford secured the minor league baseball stadium in the capital city by the close of the work day on Tuesday.

Workers remained on scene of Dunkin Donuts Park on Tuesday, however construction was slowed by the afternoon. Crews were putting up padding on the outfield walls. Dunkin Donuts Park still needs some work including railings, stairwells and signs were still not finished on Tuesday.

On Monday, the city of Hartford fired Centerplan, which was the developer of the project.

By 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the city sent a letter in which they stated that the securing of the stadium will allow for an orderly demobilization of the site.

"The worst case scenario was having to terminate that was not something we wanted to do," I. Charles Mathews with Hartford Development Authority said. "We wanted to keep contractor on and finish the stadium."

City leaders said they lost confidence in Centerplan especially after being told last week they wouldn't be done for at least another two months.

The developer told Eyewitness News weeks ago that they were 95 percent finished with the stadium. 

"How are we so supposed to finish a ballpark by May 17th when we are receiving change directives on the 30th of May," Jason Rudnick, who is the stadium developer, said. "It's simple math. It's not possible."

The developer blamed the city for many of the delays and said they were changing things all the time, even at the last minute.

"We will not be shy about asserting our claim that they need to come in and take responsibility for the project move it along and finance the gap," Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said. 

About 300 people were hired to work at the stadium. Many were high school kids looking for summer jobs. It is unclear if they will have jobs this summer. 

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