HARTFORD, Conn. — Federal authorities are investigating the construction of a baseball stadium whose original developer is led by the CEO of TEN, the former Revel casino in Atlantic City, according to reports.
The Hartford Courant, citing unnamed sources, reported Friday that FBI agents have contacted people about construction of the Dunkin’ Donuts Park, home of the Hartford Yard Goats.
One of the original developers of the city’s much-delayed minor league baseball stadium is Centerplan Construction Co. Centerplan’s CEO and founder Robert Landino, who was named CEO of TEN in September.
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said his administration contacted federal investigators about Centerplan. He said concerns were shared with the FBI about Centerplan’s handling of the project, including the alleged failure to pay subcontractors for their work.
Bronin said Friday the probe is not focused on Hartford and officials believe it was “prompted by information proactively shared by the city.”
Landino told the Courant his company did nothing wrong and he welcomes “anyone to contact me with regard to any investigation.”
Landino told The Press of Atlantic City on Wednesday the issue was “a ploy by the city of Hartford to distract people from the facts.” He said the matter will be decided in civil court.
“All subcontracted bills that were not paid by me because of payment disputes were paid by a bonding company,” he said. “There were no federal or state funds involved in the ballpark.”
Landino declined to offer an update on TEN. The closed casino’s owner, Glenn Straub, has missed two self-imposed deadlines to reopen the property since he bought it out of bankruptcy in 2015.
“I can’t comment on that,” Landino said of TEN.
The Associated Press and Staff Writer Christian Hetrick contributed to this report.