Public Meeting Tonight on Proposal to Move Rock Cats to Hartford

Hartford 2000 non-profit invites the public to share their views in an open conversation on the plan that would bring the Rock Cats to the capital city.

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    Tonight, you have the chance to let Hartford city officials know how you feel about a proposal to build a baseball park in the downtown area that would be the new home of the Rock Cats.

    The non-profit organization Hartford 2000, a coalition of Hartford's Neighborhood Revitalization Zones and the city of Hartford, is organizing the event and inviting the public to attend a conversation with the mayor and city officials about

    The meeting is scheduled for July 2 at 6 p.m. in the Hartford Public Library at 500 Main Street.

    The AA minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins agreed in early June to move its home base from New Britain to Hartford if the city builds the Rock Cats a stadium.

    The team, which has played in its current New Britain stadium since 1996, plans to sign a 25-year lease at the ballpark, which is proposed for the corner of Main and Trumbull streets, assuming city officials approve it.

    Hartford 2000 offers free workshops, forums an educational events to the public, has a mission "to strengthen the individual and collective capability" of the zones and "to advocate for neighborhood issues."

    "We have not taken a position for or against the ballpark but will listen to the voices of the neighborhoods first," organization spokesperson Ted Steege said in an e-mail. .

    Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and city officials are scheduled to give an update on the proposal at the discussion. The forum also includes an open discussion section inviting members of the public to share their views. Ted Carroll, of Leadership Greater Hartford, will moderate the conversation.