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Mediation Fails in Dunkin’ Donuts Park Dispute

Dunkin' Donuts Park

After a single mediation session, Centerplan Construction has informed the Hartford Superior Court that it is at an impasse with the city of Hartford regarding a dispute over construction of Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats (Class AA; Eastern League).

Centerplan Construction had begun construction of Dunkin’ Donuts Park before missing a series of deadlines, leading to Centerplan and DoNo Hartford LLC to have its development contract terminated in June 2016. The developers responded with a lawsuit that was filed against the city in July, with the termination at the center of the dispute. Mediation was then proposed.

But after one session in December, Centerplan and its attorneys are requesting a jury trial. From Hartford Business:

In a letter Thursday to Hartford Superior Court Judge David M. Sheridan, Centerplan informs the court that after one mediation session on June 7, “the parties are at an impasse” and mediator M. Jackson Webber “feels further efforts would be useless.”

The Middletown company is now requesting a trial by jury, court papers said.

Centerplan’s attorney, Raymond Garcia, of New Haven-based Garcia & Milas, asked Sheridan to set a trial date.

The construction delays and cost overruns forced the Yard Goats to play the entire 2016 season on the road, causing a 2017 debut for Dunkin’ Donuts Park.

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