Centerplan Construction Co. and DoNo Hartford, the fired developers of Dunkin’ Donuts Park and Hartford’s larger downtown north project, have filed a notice of intent to sue over the properties surrounding the ballpark.
The developers had a lease with the city to build on four parcels near the corner of Main and Trumbull streets. An elaborate project was planned for the properties that included retail, housing, office space and parking.
The city fired Centerplan and DoNo Hartford from the ballpark construction in 2016 after they missed two key deadlines to complete work on the facility. In October, Hartford leaders terminated their lease with the developers, firing them from the wider downtown north effort.
In the notice — filed by Centerplan and DoNo on Dec. 29 – the developers asked the court to rule that their lease with the city is active. They plan to place liens on the properties.
“DoNo Hartford LLC and its affiliates claim said terminations are wrongful and of no effect, and that all the leases are still in force,” they wrote in the filing.
Raymond Garcia, an attorney for Centerplan, declined to comment on the action Tuesday.
Mayor Luke Bronin did not return calls seeking comment.
Centerplan and DoNo already have a lawsuit pending against the city for wrongful termination. Despite that, Hartford officials issued a request for proposals in November seeking new developers to finish the downtown north project.
They envision a mixed-use neighborhood that features retail, housing and parking — similar to the earlier plan. Multiple developers could be chosen for the effort.
Representatives from more than a dozen firms attended a pre-bid conference at the baseball stadium last month, where city leaders gave an overview of the project and fielded questions. Several area development groups said they intend to submit bids.
The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.