HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — On Wednesday, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra issued a press release outlining details of three proposals that have met their requirements for the redevelopment of the area that would include a new Rock Cats stadium.
But the press release left out information that concerns some Hartford residents. “First of all, no financials have been released which is a very important part of how we approach the next steps,” said Anne Goshdigian, of the Hartford Coalition to Stop the Stadium.
Segarra says, besides the stadium, the first proposal would include a city office building, parking garage and retail, meant to be a “catalytic project” with room to grow for other developers to step in and build as partners.
The second proposal would have retail space that includes a grocery store, which the area desperately needs; restaurants, a brewery, city office building and apartments. Sources tell us could it cost about $500 million.
The third proposal is from Hooker Brewing Company, to build a $10 million brewery. “Well there is a brewery right down the street, so I wouldn’t say the brewery, maybe the grocery store,” said David Meyers, a Hartford resident.
Big plans considered, by some, to be a poor use of millions of dollars.
Looking around the parking lot where proposed stadium and development plan would be, it doesn’t look like much at present. However, from the details of the proposals, the possibilities are great. Ultimately, the decision lies with the city. Yet, it’s the people who have elected the city officials making these decisions, and they aren’t happy that more details aren’t being made public.
“Put it up on Hartford.gov so that everybody can see it everybody can comment in it and we can all be working from the same basis of information,” said Kenneth Krayeske.
Thomas Deller, director of Development for Hartford, says city leaders plan to make more details public sometime in September, after they make recommendations about which proposal or proposals they are going to go with.