City Mum As Bid Deadline For Stadium Proposals Passes

HARTFORD — Developers interested in transforming vacant parcels of land north of Hartford's downtown into housing, retail and a 9,000-seat minor league baseball stadium had until 3 p.m. Friday to submit their proposals.

But city officials on Friday refused to release any information regarding the bids, including whether they had received any at all. Thomas Deller, director of development services, and Kristina Newman-Scott, Hartford's director of marketing, events and cultural affairs, did not return repeated calls seeking comment.

Mayor Pedro Segarra is away this week and his spokeswoman, Maribel La Luz, was on vacation Friday.

The city will next sort through any bids it received, with a goal of awarding a contract by Aug. 18. Deller has said he hopes to present the city council with development proposals in the coming weeks.

On July 2, the city issued a request for proposals, calling for the creation of "a new neighborhood" with a mixed-use development of at least 300 housing units and townhomes, and more than 100,000 gross square feet of ground-floor retail and commercial space — including a supermarket, public open spaces, parking structures and a minor league ballpark.

Hartford administrators have proposed building a 220,000-square-foot stadium to lure the New Britain Rock Cats, the Double A Eastern League affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, to the city. The project would cost up to $60 million, and the city is seeking private partners to help shoulder the cost.

Construction on the ballpark would be completed by April 1, 2016, officials said, in time for that year's season.

Deller said during a July 16 public meeting that the city could entertain multiple development proposals for the section of Hartford known as Downtown North.

The owner of Bloomfield-based Hooker Brewing Co. told The Courant in July that he would submit a bid to build a brewery and restaurant on North Main Street, across from the proposed minor league stadium.

The stadium would be built at 1214 Main St.

The city's request for proposals said finalists would be notified by Aug. 8, with interviews taking place on Aug. 14 and 15.