February 13, 2017

Webster Bank sues ex-ballpark developer, others for nearly $6M

HBJ File Photo
HBJ File Photo
The incomplete stadium for the Hartford Yard Goats.

Waterbury-based Webster Bank is suing Centerplan Construction Co., the former builder of Dunkin' Donuts Park, for allegedly partially defaulting on three separate loans totaling more than $10.2 million.

According to the affidavit accompanying the complaint filed in Superior Court, Middletown-based Centerplan owes more than $3.3 million on its $4.2 million term loan; more than $499,600 on its $2 million construction loan; and more than $2.1 million on a $4 million revolving loan associated with work at the ballpark. In total, the bank says it is owed about $5.7 million.

The lawsuit also cites CC Haddam LLC and Centerplan CEO Robert Landino.

Webster Bank is seeking money damages, legal fees, interest and other remedies the court may deem appropriate.

On June 6, the city of Hartford fired Centerplan, saying it had lost confidence in the company's capacity to finish the ballpark in time for the 2016 baseball season. Following a countersuit, the parties now are in mediation, and the city has hired Arch Insurance to guarantee completion of the ballpark. Arch, which has hired another contractor, also has sued Centerplan.

The Hartford Yard Goats, the minor league team slated to call Dunkin' Donuts Park home, played its entire 2016 season on the road but is currently selling tickets and hiring game-day workers for the season. The team is expected to host its first home game on April 13.

Centerplan attorney Raymond Garcia declined comment on behalf of both companies and Landino.

Lucas B. Rocklin, the bank's New Haven-based attorney, could not be reached for comment.

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