Our colleague Mara Lee attended a press conference Tuesday on Franklin Avenue. Though State Rep. Angel Arce (D-Hartford) was there for another matter, he made a point of mentioning the proposed Rock Cats minor league baseball stadium in Hartford.
Arce started talking about the stadium unsolicited, after saying property taxes are killing businesses on Franklin Avenue.
“I hope we don’t get that damn baseball stadium,” he said. “That’s not going to do anything for the residents of Hartford. Who’s going to pay for it? The taxpayers? That’s my biggest concern, how they gonna pay for it.”
The city issued a request for proposals today for the development of Hartford’s downtown north area, which would include a baseball stadium. You can read more on that here.
It’s also worth noting that although the city has insisted state money would not be used in the stadium project, the RFP lists “possible state/federal assistance” as one of the options a developer could include in a proposed “financial plan.” You can view the RFP here.