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Patriots plan hits hurdle

Prior Coverage

-- JUNE 23 --
Patriots look to win over town on stadium

-- JUNE 9 --
43 of 80 suites sold for proposed stadium

-- MAY 25 --
Stadium bill signed, but seat sales lag

Impasse on steam plant site clears
Finneran offers idea on Patriots stadium
In Conn., Patriots' stadium deal opponents plan lawsuit
Hartford steam plant defends its moving cost
Patriots stadium plan threatened
Kraft has new suitor in Houston
Patriots dealt setback on Conn. site
Moving fee could trip Patriots
Conn. must meet April 2 deadline
How Kraft's Mass. dream fizzled
Krafts seen winning generous deal
Conn. OK's deal
Activist skeptical
More stadium fallout
Whither Foxboro

Patriots are dealt a setback on site for Conn. staduim

By Tina Cassidy, Globe Staff, February 24, 1999

The owner of a steam plant that would sit on the 50-yard line of the proposed New England Patriots stadium in Hartford has rejected a $30 million offer to relocate, adding yet another delay in the city's efforts to lure the football team to Connecticut.

Moving the steam plant, which is owned by CTG Resources, a subsidiary of Connecticut Natural Gas, is considered the last obstacle for Connecticut to close the $350 million deal to bring pro football to the state.

Under an agreement signed this month, the state has until April 2 to show that it can clear the proposed site.

If an agreement is not in place by then, the Patriots could walk away from the deal.

The Associated Press reported last night that negotiations to sell the plant to the quasi-public Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority will continue. CTG president Arthur Marquardt told a meeting of shareholders yesterday that he now wants to break up the business into two parts.

The company would like to retain control of its steam and cool water distribution system and just sell the steam-producing system, he said.

Robert E. Wright, the president of CRRA, said the idea of breaking up CTG into several parts has been floated before.

Marquardt said he is also negotiating for the rights to sell steam and cool water to Adriaen's Landing, the proposed $1 billion development along the Connecticut River that includes the Patriots stadium.

The steam plant is the most pressing concern facing Connecticut Governor John Rowland and team owner Robert Kraft. Critics say Rowland underestimated the complexity of moving the plant. Some people close to the negotiations said last night they were not surprised that the utility rejected the offer, which some had said was inadequate.

``The offer for the system was not enough money, but working with a portion of the system makes sense so that both of us can end up in a positive win-win situation,'' Marquardt told AP.

CRRA operates a trash-to-energy plant in Hartford's South Meadows that burns garbage from about more than 60 Connecticut towns.


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