Report: FBI launches investigation into Dunkin’ Donuts Park

(WTNH)–The FBI has launched an investigation into the construction of Dunkin’ Donuts Park, the would-be home of the Hartford Yard Goats, according to a report from the Hartford Courant.

The Courant cites multiple sources speaking on the condition of anonymity as saying that FBI agents have been contacting people with knowledge of the construction, and the use of public funds.

Hartford mayor Luke Bronin released a statement Friday saying in part that the city contacted the FBI to “share concerns about Centerplan’s handling of the project, including their failure to pay subcontractors for their work.”

The project, which has cost $71 million thus far, was delayed well beyond the original completion date, which would have allowed the Yard Goats to play last season in Hartford. Instead, the team spent the entire season on the road.

The city of Hartford fired developers Centerplan Construction Co. and DoNo Hartford in June of last year. The Yard Goats are expected to play their home opener on April 13.

The Courant reports that the specific focus of the FBI investigation was not immediately clear.

Bronin’s full statement on the investigation:

“The probe being reported today is not focused on the City of Hartford, and we believe that it was prompted by information proactively shared by the City of Hartford. As you know, my administration terminated Centerplan Construction Company in June for failure to perform, but we also expressed a much broader lack of confidence in Centerplan. Around the same time, my administration contacted the FBI to share concerns about Centerplan’s handling of the project, including their failure to pay subcontractors for their work. This is one more demonstration of our commitment to absolute accountability, because that’s what taxpayers deserve.”

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