Hartford residents sound off on stadium deal

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Hartford neighbors sounded off Wednesday night after many are questioning the deal surrounding a new minor league baseball stadium for the Rock Cats.

Hundreds filled a room at the Hartford Library while the Mayor presented the possible deal.

About 50 took the mic with their concerns. Most are worried about the $60 million in bonding. They’re also worried about what kinds of jobs the new stadium will bring and whether or not it will really benefit the residents in Downtown North.

“I guess one of the fears that I would have is that the stadium would come and it would still be a barrier between the further North end of Hartford and then going towards downtown,” said Evelyn Richardson, Hartford.

When asked if he could guarantee that taxes will not go up, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarrra said, “not as a result of the stadium. So, we will not..we do not want to build a stadium at this point if it means taxes going up to the taxpayers.”

All agreed the area does need development.

Now it’s just a question on whether or not this is the right move for the city. They’ll decide that by the end of this summer.

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