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  SoDo  NRZ  Minutes   June  25,  2014  –  Hartford  Public  Library  lower  level  classroom   Attendance:     Board  Members:  J.  Palerma,  R.  Zaleski,  M.  Gottesdiener,  P.  Abrams,  F.  Gordon-­‐Quiroga,  C.  Lowell,  C.   Ortiz,  C.  Sicbaldi,  M.  Moriarty,  A.  Ambrose     Guests:  T.  Dukes,  F.  Senter,  S.  Parisky,  F.  Parisky,  G.  Kirkutis,  K.  Marcroft,  M.  Freed,  S.  Hopgood   Police  Report:     Overall  crime  has  decreased  13.1%  in  the  central  district.     14  car  breaks  which  is  low  for  the  summer;  Honda  Accord  were  targets     Riverfest  is  July  12,  also  that  weekend  is  the  Dave  Matthews  Band  Comic-­‐Con     Officers  ask  for  patience  with  the  crowds  and  the  events     Featured  Speaker:     Suzanne  Hopgood,  CRDA     CRDA  is  a  quasi  state  agency,  successor  to  CCEDA  and  has  specific  responsibilities     SoDo  is  the  only  NRZ  that  falls  entirely  in  the  district;  group  manages  Rentschler  Field,  Convention  Center,  CT  Open   (tennis  tournament),  XL  Center,  and  oversees  6233  parking  spaces     Properties:     XL  Center:  Fan  club  level  is  being  added  and  there  is  an  RFP  out;  there  are  some  logistical  problems  with  the  arena-­‐   it  is  poured  concrete.  In  order  for  the  remodeling  to  occur,  the  Church  St  Garage  will  be  purchased  because  there  is  no   other  direction  changes  can  occur.  The  goal  is  to  keep  the  arena  open  during  the  renovations  (like  what  happened  with   MSG  in  NYC).  Time  frame  is  plan  will  be  presented  by  Jan  2015  and  they  anticipate  project  taking  3  years     Front  St.:  3  tenants  open;  housing  is  under  construction  and  UCONN  move  still  going  forward       CRDA  also  acts  as  a  facilitator.  Group  doesn’t  just  work  in  Hartford;  has  the  authority  to  go  into  other  communities  when   those  communities  do  not  have  the  resources  to  achieve  their  goals.  Also  working  on  the  state  office  building  renovation   and  office  relocation.   $300M  Construction  going  on   Other  goings  on:   -­‐ -­‐

No one  has  approached  them  about  the  Goodwin  Hotel  space   Northland  owns  the  empty  store  fronts  on  Asylum  and  they  make  more  $  keeping  them  empty  

Mayor Segarra:     Stressed  the  importance  of  local  initiatives  because  few  can’t  rely  on  the  state  for  everything.     Optimistic  about  the  stadium;  want  it  to  be  a  365  day/  year  destination       Other  updates:  graduation  rates  are  going  up;  expanding  Downtown  North  will  expand  the  tax  base     Voting     Everyone  received  a  ballot.  Upon  tabulating  the  results,  all  board  members  up  for  election  were  elected.     Committee  Updates     Strategic-­‐  Buckingham  Square  Update;  park  is  looking  great     Communications:    newsletter  has  gotten  rave  reviews       Meeting  adjourned.  Next  meeting:  September    

SoDo June 2014 minutes  

Minutes from the June 2014 SoDo NRZ meeting, Downtown Hartford, CT

SoDo June 2014 minutes  

Minutes from the June 2014 SoDo NRZ meeting, Downtown Hartford, CT

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