New England News
5:36 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

CT Veterans Memorial Delayed Over Rising Costs

Credit CT.gov

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Construction on a delayed veterans memorial at a park outside the Hartford Armory has yet to begin despite hopes expressed by Governor Dannel Malloy and other state officials it would be complete by Veterans Day.

The project will instead be scaled back and the state will solicit bids again for construction.

The Journal Inquirer reports that state Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz said the cost was to be about $660,000, but bids came in over $1 million. She hopes the project will be complete by Memorial Day.

The project was sent back to architects for changes to make it less costly.

Plans started in 2008 under then-Governor Jodi Rell who approved $500,000 in state borrowing, gave $100,000 of her own money and encouraged donations from residents and veterans.

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