An architecture firm has been hired to complete the work on the minor league baseball stadium in Hartford.
The surety bonding company Arch Insurance entered into an agreement with Pendulum, an architecture firm, to return to Yard Goats stadium on Wednesday to resume work.
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin made the announcement on Tuesday that Pendulum would be "tasked with completing a scope of work, which is necessary to re-open the project site and complete the ballpark."
Bronin's announcement said the work by Pendulum will be paid for by Arch Insurance.
“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. Arch has not yet taken full responsibility, but by formally engaging the architect, they’ve taken a significant step forward in that direction," Bronin said in a statement on Tuesday.
The change comes after what the mayor office called "Centerplan’s failure to meet several deadlines for substantial completion of the ballpark and defaulting on the project."
Bronin terminated DoNo, LLC and Centerplan construction on June 6. Arch Insurance conducted an investigation that started early this summer to determine what role they will play in completing the project.
The first official deadline the developer 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.
A statement was issued by CenterPlan, which said "The fact that the amount of money the City paid (not Arch by the way and the City has no contract with the Architect) is so large and the anticipated work undefined indicates clearly that the design work for the ball park is not complete and NO one could finish the job because of the state of the Architectural work. Arch engaged the Architect because Arch has to determine the scope of work that must be completed as part of its investigation. To our knowledge, Arch has not committed to do anything except complete its investigation. Unless and until the Architect finishes the Construction Documents Centerplan could not finish the Construction. Coupled with the fact that the City still does not have enough money to pay for what it does not dispute there was no way Centerplan could have finished the work, and no justification for the termination."
On Tuesday, Bronin told Eyewitness News "We remain committed to getting this thing done as quickly as possible but as we do that we're gonna protect taxpayer interests."
The mayor is adamant that Arch is liable to pay to complete the long delayed project. The company has not agreed to go that far but the mayor says Arch's agreement with the architecture firm will get the ball rolling.
"It's their obligation to come in and get the job done...They're going to have to pay for completion, they're going to bring in their own contractor and we're going to continue to press them to do that," Bronin said.
In Bronin's announcement, it stated the City of Hartford will wire $247,422.88 to Pendulum in connection with the past invoices that DoNo LLC had not paid. In Bronin's announcement, it stated "the City has reserved all of its rights to seek reimbursement from Arch and from DoNo LLC for the advance of these funds."
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