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Centerplan Files Suit to Prevent Dunkin’ Donuts Park Construction Work

Hartford Yard GoatsNo surprise: Centerplan Construction filed suit today to prevent completion of work on Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats (Class AA; Eastern League), seeking to preserve evidence in lawsuits filed against the city and Yard Goats owner over construction of the facility.

Yesterday it was announced that Baltimore-based Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. has been contracted by Arch Insurance to finish construction of the ballpark, with work slated to begin next week. Today Centerplan Construction filed suit to prevent that work from beginning. Centerplan and DoNo Hartford had been responsible for work done to date on the $71-million project until the city pulled the plug on their participation, arguing that the ballpark construction was late and over budget. Lawsuits ensued, and the move by Arch Insurance to move forward with the hiring of the respected Whiting-Turner Contracting led to the most recent lawsuit. From the Hartford Courant:

On Thursday, Centerplan attorneys filed an emergency motion to preserve evidence in both suits and keep work stopped at the ballpark.

The motion seeks to preserve the ballpark in its present condition because it is critical to its legal actions in both cases and seeks access to the ballpark to document current conditions.

The request says that alterations would hurt Centerplan’s cases against the city and Solomon.

Perhaps. But it shouldn’t take more than a day or two to document the shortcomings in the ballpark, especially when the project architect, Pendulum’s Jonathan O’Neil Cole, went through the project and documented its many shortcomings.

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