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CITY OF HARTFORD TERMINATES CENTERPLAN AS DOWNTOWN NORTH DEVELOPER, FILES COUNTERCLAIMS IN WRONGFUL TERMINATION LAWSUIT

CITY OF HARTFORD TERMINATES CENTERPLAN AS DOWNTOWN NORTH DEVELOPER, FILES COUNTERCLAIMS IN WRONGFUL TERMINATION LAWSUIT

HARTFORD, CONN (October 2, 2017) – Today the City of Hartford terminated Centerplan, DoNo Hartford LLC, and the associated entities created to develop the land in and around Dunkin’ Donuts Park.  The City now intends to find developers with the interest and capital to invest in the Downtown North neighborhood.  

“Centerplan should never have been chosen to build the ballpark, and their lack of capacity and experience was compounded by a lack of honesty and transparency,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “In failing to deliver the ballpark on time, failing to do the work well, and failing to pay numerous subcontractors, Centerplan violated the development agreement that covers the surrounding parcels.  By terminating the Master Development Agreement with Centerplan today, we hope that we can begin to move forward with finding a strong and capable partner for the next phase of development that is so essential to the City of Hartford.”

The City also filed counterclaims to Centerplan’s lawsuit alleging wrongful termination from the stadium project.  The City alleges that Centerplan engaged in fraud, both in its inducement of the City to begin the stadium project and its conduct after the project got underway, and civil theft during the course of construction of the stadium.  The City alleges that overall, Centerplan’s fraudulent actions constitute a violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.

For example, the City alleges that Centerplan falsely certified that it had paid approximately $8 million to subcontractors in order to collect reimbursement from the Hartford Stadium Authority.  In fact, Centerplan never paid the contractors and vendors – instead paying for its own debt on other projects were unrelated to the City.  Centerplan has maintained that using money that was supposed to pay for the ballpark to pay for other debts is "done all the time" and normal construction practice.  The City alleges that’s fraud, especially when public funds are involved.

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MAYOR BRONIN NOMINATES DIRECTORS FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, EMERGENCY SERVICES AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENTS

MAYOR BRONIN NOMINATES DIRECTORS FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, EMERGENCY SERVICES AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENTS

 

HARTFORD, CONN (September 29, 2017) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that he is nominating Liany Arroyo, MPH, CPH to serve as Director of Health and Human Services and Susan Webster, ENP, RPL, to serve as Director of Emergency Services and Telecommunications.  Both nominations are subject to City Council confirmation.

 

“I am very pleased to announce Liany and Susan’s nominations,” said Mayor Bronin.  “A Bridgeport native, Liany has more than 16 years of experience working on health equity, health policy analysis, and multicultural health education.  Her most recent work on teen pregnancy prevention at a national level is highly relevant to some of our ongoing work in Hartford, and I am thrilled to have her leading our Health and Human Services team.”

 

For the last four years, Liany Arroyo has been a Director at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in Washington, D.C.  Before that, she worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of Minority Health, and spent more than a decade at the National Council of La Raza, working on a range of public policy issues and managing a wide variety of projects.

 

“Susan brings a wealth of experience in public safety management to her role with the City, and she will be a key member of our public safety team,” said Mayor Bronin.  “We are very fortunate to have found someone with such a strong track record here in Connecticut, and I am proud to welcome her to Hartford.”

 

Susan Webster has spent a decade as Executive Director of the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communications Center, a regional 9-1-1 communications center that has served municipalities throughout Connecticut for nearly 40 years and is now the largest emergency communications center in the State.   Before that, she spent nearly a decade in various public safety management and operations roles in New Britain and Waterbury.

 

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EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: ROAD CLOSURE ON HOMESTEAD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: ROAD CLOSURE ON HOMESTEAD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

HARTFORD, CONN (September 28, 2017) – This afternoon, Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) workers doing sewer repair work on Homestead Avenue discovered an approximately 20-foot long and approximately 14-foot deep void beneath the road surface along a sewer line.  They immediately contacted the City, and now the Hartford Police Department, Department of Public Works, and the MDC are working together to secure the area.  To prevent a potential collapse, Homestead Avenue is shut down to the general public between its intersection with Albany Avenue and its intersection with Woodland Street until further notice, effective immediately.

“We are taking this action as a necessary precaution, as we believe there is some risk that the void underneath the road on Homestead Avenue could have caused the road surface to collapse under extreme weight,” said interim Department of Public Works Director Reginald Freeman.  “The City and MDC are working closely together to determine the scope of the problem and we will update the public as we learn more.”

West-bound drivers on Homestead will be redirected either North or South on Woodland Street and drivers on Albany Avenue will not be able to turn onto Homestead Avenue at all.

Residents of Baltimore Street will be able to enter and exit the street from Albany Avenue because it’s a two-way street.  Kent, Adams, and Milford Streets will remain one-way streets but the Police Department will allow residents to use Homestead to enter or exit their street as needed.

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