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Developer hopes to be back on Yard Goats stadium job by next month

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

One of the developers of the on again off again baseball stadium project in Hartford hopes to get back on the job by September.

Ray Garcia, an attorney for Centerplan, said the developer has been "working diligently since they were wrongfully terminated to arrange surety financing to cover the money [Hartford] said it cannot pay to finish the project."

Mayor Luke Bronin announced earlier this summer that the city fired Centerplan and DoNo LLC for repeatedly missing deadlines to complete the Dunkin' Donuts Park, the would-be home of the Hartford Yard Goats.

The attorney said a serious roadblock with the architect to complete construction was removed on Tuesday.

Officials were at the stadium on Tuesday getting a status update, seeing what is done and what isn't

Without that architect, no one can figure out how much it's going to cost to complete the work because no one knows the scope of the work to be corrected or completed, according to Garcia.

Once that assessment is complete, Garcia said they can determine pricing and a schedule from subcontractors.

Garcia said Centerplan filed a lawsuit to compel the city to mediate the construction dispute.

A suit was also filed against the Yard Goats to force its owner to stop interfering with that process, according to Garcia.

Garcia said the tentative target to resume work is after Labor Day.

"Centerplan is doing everything possible to meet that goal," he said in a statement. "It will take cooperation from Arch [Insurance], Centerplan, the architect, the city, the Yard Goats and subcontractors to meet that goal."

This is despite an announcement from Bronin on Tuesday that said Arch Insurance entered into an agreement with architecture firm Pendulum to resume work as early as this week.

Centerplan and DoNo's missed deadlines forced the Yard Goats to play all of their  games on the road.

It is unclear how much it will cost to restart and complete the project, and those numbers are being crunched right now. Once finalized, that's when the real hard work begins.

It seems like everyone is committed to getting the stadium done... Centerplan weighed in, saying, they could get back to work after Labor Day, but it is unclear if they will be hired back.

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