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Plug Pulled On Planned East Hartford Outlet Shops

Hartford Courant 2017-11-11 02:45:00

The planned Outlet Shoppes at Rentschler Field will not be built, a surprised and disappointed Mayor Marcia Leclerc told the Courant Friday afternoon.

“It’s certainly discouraging,” Leclerc said, “but I’m glad it’s happening now and not halfway through the project.”

Officials had just gathered with their golden shovels last month to break ground on the planned 282,000-square-foot project. The shops were to open in November 2018. Leclerc said the developer, Horizon Group Properties, lacked the finances for the work.

United Technologies, which owns the land where the shops were to be built, released a statement that also mentioned financial problems.

“We regret that Horizon Group Properties appears to have suspended its outlet center project due to financing issues,”the company statement said. “We are disappointed for the town of East Hartford, which has been a strong partner and wonderful home to thousands of UTC and Pratt & Whitney employees for decades.”

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