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Hartford, Centerplan File for Mediation

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Following a motion filed on Thursday, a lawsuit between Centerplan and the City of Hartford concerning Dunkin’ Donuts Park could go to mediation. 

The case in question concerns the termination of Centerplan’s contract for Dunkin’ Donuts Park, the future home of the Hartford Yard Goats (Class AA; Eastern League). Centerplan and DoNo Hartford LLC had its development contract terminated in June, following another missed deadline for the ballpark’s opening. The developers responded with a lawsuit that was filed against the city in July, with the termination at the center of the dispute.

While the agreement has not been finalized, a few terms have been reported. More from The Hartford Courant:

In the agreement, which was filed Thursday but has not been approved by a judge, the parties agree to mediate the dispute.

Once approved, Centerplan has agreed to amend its complaint and withdraw several parts of it, according to documents obtained by The Courant.

Centerplan is agreeing to drop its claim to return to the job and prohibit the city from seeking an alternate contractor to complete the 6,000-seat minor league baseball stadium.

Arch Insurance, which guaranteed completion of the ballpark, finalized a takeover agreement with the city in October and hired Whiting-Turner to finish the park in time for opening day, scheduled for April 13.

Centerplan, according to the documents, also agreed that it would never seek to revive the claims in the original lawsuit, but reserved its right to sue for monetary damages.

Meanwhile, work has resumed at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Whiting-Turner was selected by Arch Insurance to finish the job. According to an update earlier this week, Dunkin’ Donuts Park should be ready for Yard Goats’ home opener on April 13, as work is progressing at a solid pace. The Yard Goats spent all of 2016 on the road.

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