Cost of Hartford Stadium Just Went Up by $3 Million

A ruling by a Connecticut Superior Court judge has added almost $3 million to the cost of Hartford's minor league baseball stadium development.

Judge Constance Epstein ruled Monday that the city paid too little when it used eminent domain to take land across from the stadium site for just under $2 million.

The land is expected to be used for the development of retail shops, restaurants, housing and a grocery store.

Epstein found appraisers failed to take into account that a baseball stadium across the street would increase the property's value.

She ordered the city to pay the former owners, CBV Parking Hartford, a total of $4.8 million. A city lawyer told WNPR-FM the city may appeal.

City officials said they are reviewing next steps.

“This is another decision made by the previous administration that may prove costly," Mayor Luke Bronin said. "But we are reviewing the decision, there may be strong grounds for appeal  and we obviously, we’ll look for every opportunity we can and work as hard as we can to protect taxpayers.”

The stadium is scheduled to open in April, a year behind schedule.

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