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Developer Sued by Contractor in Hartford

Hartford Yard GoatsMore lawsuits have arisen from previous work on Dunkin’ Donuts Park, slated to open a year late as home of the Hartford Yard Goats (Class AA; Eastern League), with this dispute concerning a developer and a contractor.

Since Centerplan Cos. and DoNo Hartford, LLC were removed from the project in June, multiple lawsuits have been filed, including one between the developers and the City of Hartford that alleges wrongful termination on the part of the city. The latest cases involve neither the city nor the Hartford Yard Goats (Class AA; Eastern League), but rather are between Greenwood Industries and Centerplan, as well as Arch Insurance.

Filed by Greenwood, the lawsuit against Centerplan alleges outstanding compensation for work at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Greenwood claims that it did more than $1 million worth of construction on the ballpark’s roof, but that it has not been fully compensated, leaving about $686,000 in question. Additionally, Greenwood claims that money Centerplan received from DoNo Hartford was misappropriated. According to the filing, Centerplan received in excess of $630,000 from its fellow developer for Greenwood’s project, but only used roughly $352,000 for payment.

For now Centerplan is contending that Greenwood’s work was faulty. More from the Hartford Courant:

Raymond Garcia, attorney for the former developer, said Friday that the roofing company had significant defective work issues and that the city, by contract, had to pay Centerplan whatever the roofers billed.

“Centerplan by contract could withhold payment for work that’s defective,” Garcia said. “It’s a strange arrangement, but the city did it to get the contractors off its back politically.”

The lawsuit goes beyond what Greenwood claims it is owed, and covers areas such as interests and attorney’s fees. Greenwood is also suing the project’s insurer, Arch, which recently announced that it will handle the completion of the ballpark.

Delays to the completion of Dunkin’ Donuts Park forced the Yard Goats to spend all of the 2016 season on the road. Now that Arch is on the project, the goal is to have the ballpark ready by April 13, 2017, the Yard Goats’ scheduled home opener.

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