Public Hearing On Baseball Stadium In Hartford Tonight

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HARTFORD– Monday night brings a second chance for the public to weigh in about the city’s proposal to build a baseball stadium downtown and move the New Britain Rock Cats to the capital city.

The meeting is open to everyone and is at Hartford City Hall at 7 p.m.

A plan to move the Rock Cats to Hartford has drawn more criticism than support though, and because of that, the city of Hartford said it is opting out of using its own money to fund the stadium and will look and ask for private funding.

The project calls for a 220,000 square foot facility just north of downtown Hartford. It would be finished by April 2016. Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said it would be a catalyst for generating revenue downtown and the start of a major redevelopment.

But, some of the public has not seen it that way. After opposition at the first public meeting the city will no longer bond $60 million toward the stadium. It’s now looking for a private partner.

The council is expected to have a new resolution for the stadium at its Aug. 11 meeting, followed by another public hearing, and a final decision to be made by September.

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