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Dunkin Donuts Park developer suing city of Hartford

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

A lawsuit was filed by the developer of the new ballpark for the minor league in Hartford against the capital city. 

Centerplan Construction Company and DoNo Hartford LLC filed for a motion for temporary injunction against the city of Hartford on Wednesday. The developer said the city did not use proper dispute resolution.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin released a statement on the lawsuit Wednesday night. 

"Last week DoNo LLC went after headlines with a fake offer to pay for the stadium's completion, this week they're filing a lawsuit to obstruct its completion. While we deal with this latest action from DoNo LLC, we remain focused on working productively with the surety, Arch Insurance, to ensure that a responsible, capable partner takes control of the project," Bronin said. 

Centerplan was hired to develop Dunkin Donuts Park, which is the new stadium for the Hartford Yard Goats. 

The city of Hartford fired Centerplan Construction Company and DoNo Hartford LLC on June 6.  Bronin said they were convinced Centerplan and DoNo ran out of money. The developer previously told Eyewitness News that they were 95 percent finished with the stadium. 

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.

Centerplan submitted a proposal late last week to finish the job and even said they would foot the bill.

Members of the Stadium Authority said Centerplan would have to do a lot more than submit a proposal to get back on the job. 

Bronin released a statement saying the settlement proposal did not warrant serious consideration, and the actual proposal did not say Centerplan would fund the completion of the project.

The Yard Goats baseball team has been playing all of the home games on the road.

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