MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING
RCDA Real Estate Committee

Friday August 17, 2018 at 9 AM at the
 RCDA Building, 216 Howard Street, New London, CT


1)    Roll call

a)    Commissioners: Martin Berliner, Mark Christensen, Paul Geraghty, Jerry Sinnamon

b)   Liaison: Mayor Passero

c)     Staff: Peter Davis, Frank McLaughlin

 

2)    There being a quorum the meeting was called to order at 9:01

3)    Executive Session – Real Estate Matters

a)    This matter is subject to Executive Session under CGS 1-200(6)(D)

b)   Moved to go into Executive Session at 9:02 by Mark Christiansen, Second Martin Berliner: Unanimous

c)     Motion to invite in: Mayor Passero, Peter Davis, Frank McLaughlin by Mark Christiansen, second y Martin Berliner; Unanimous

d)   Motion to come out of Executive Session at 9:40 AM by Mark Christiansen, second Jerry Sinnamon: Unanimous

e)    No motions made, no votes taken

 

4)    Adjournment moved by Mark Christiansen, Second Jerry Sinnamon at 9:41

 

 

MINUTES of Board of Directors meeting July 27, 2018
@ 5:30 PM at 216 Howard Street, New London, CT

1.    Roll call and introductions – President Linda Mariani

a.    Board Members: R. Burdick, N. Caplanson, M. Christiansen, J. Christiansen, D. Crocker, B. Cornish, E. Demuzzio, D. Goebel, P. Geraghty, L. Mariani, Gail Schwenker Mayer, B. Neff, D. Topkin

b.    Liaisons: Felix Reyes (ODP), Don Venditto (City Council)

c.    Press: David Collins (The Day newspaper)

d.    Guests: Bud McAllister (PHC)

2.    Minutes -

a.    No meeting held on May 18th therefore no minutes to review or approve.

3.    President’s Comments – Linda Mariani

a.     Parcel 5c 1& 2, New London County Realty, LLC:   New London County Realty, LLC sent the check for the 2018 taxes to RCDA as required by the contract. The check was for $19,761.99 and remains with RCDA as part of the agreement with the City. Welcome revenue.  Lou tag stated that they are still actively looking for an equity partner and hope to have things “put together” soon.

b.    We (Peter & I) met with Karl last week. In light of his leaving Waller, Smith & Palmer we requested that he submit a proposal for the Executive Board to consider.   Our intention is to schedule a meeting with Waller Smith and Palmer within the next week to discuss their actions relative to RCDA as a client. Details of this will also be provided for discussion, under the appropriate agenda item.      

1.    Financial Report – Gail Schwenker Mayer

a.    Gail Schwenker Mayer and Jenny Wronowski met before the end of our fiscal year in June to discuss 2018-2019 budgets and current financial conditions. Income sources for the new year were still pending at the time but have now been confirmed.  

b.     RCDA has  received the tax payment for parcels 5C1 & 2 from Shipway 221 and it is shown as an income source in the Draft Budget presented to members.

c.     Funding revisions from the Fort Trumbull MDP Implementation II budget were approved by DECD. This allocated $83,000 to operating expenses and other line items. 

d.    A Draft operating budget was presented to the Board for approval.

                                               i.     Ed Demuzzio moved for approval of proposed budget; Nick Caplanson 2nd.  Unanimous.

e.    Doherty Beals & Banks has been engaged per prior board approval to perform audit.

f.      Draft operating budget attached

 

4.    Executive Director’s Report – Peter Davis

a.    Attached

5.    Real Estate Committee – Paul Geraghty

a.    Buckley Appraisal Service appraisal of Parcel 1 should be in next week which will take us to next step with prospective hotel developer for the site.

b.    Parcel J: Shaw’s Cove Associates is expected to sign a parking access agreement with AR Builders. Their attorney, William Sweeney, expects a closing with the City by end of September giving them time to break ground before the end of the year.

6.    Office of Development and Planning (ODP)- Felix Reyes

a.    Presented a working draft of the the New London Development Guide.

                                               i.     Mr. Reyes wants to develop a page on criminal activity compared to national statistics, not just neighboring towns; he reported that we need to be transparent.

                                             ii.     ODP will create a web site within the redeveloped City website that will be constantly updated.

b.    Martin Center update:

                                               i.     Collaboration between Peter Davis and ODP…had 3 developers interested but now just one. His architect and engineer are finishing an analysis to confirm project will work fiscally, if so, expect to close in September; Oct at latest. Developer would have a long-term lease with the Senior Center as well as a 5 year lease with Department of Recreation for the basketball court and a short term lease with FRESH. The city will ask the developer to consider keeping Fresh in its current location. 

7.    Assistant Director’s Report – Frank McLaughlin

a.    LRSH/Clinical Day Care. Needed emergency AC repair which Mark Christiansen helped to facilitate at 10 PM on a Friday night.

b.    Port Authority – We met with Jeff Stedman for the development of Harbor Management Plan. He will meet with the Port Authority at their next meeting on August14th.

8.    Karl-Erik Sternlof

a.    Peter Davis brought the board up to date on recent activity. Karl has moved to Halloran and Sage and our files were moved there by accident. He has offered to continue representation, but Peter informed him that we will have to go out to bid. Peter and Linda Mariani will meet with Waller Smith and Palmer to ascertain our relationship with them

b.    Mark Christiansen moved to charge staff to proceed with a solicitation for professional services for legal counsel to RCDA, submissions to be reviewed by staff and presented to the Executive Committee for final consideration. Second Dave Goebel. Unanimous

9.    Next Meeting

a.     Executive Committee Meeting Friday August 17,2018@ 7:30 AM

                                               i.     At the RCDA Offices at 216 Howard Street, New London

10.  Adjournment. Mark Christiansen moved at 6:25, second Paul Geraghty

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

July 2018

 

PROJECT UPDATES

 

  1. Parcels 5C 1-2;  The final draft Development Agreement was reviewed by the Real Estate Committee and the Executive Committee. Both Committees found that the draft was at a point, where a recommendation could be made to the City Council to consider ratification of the Development Agreement. Based upon discussions with the developer on July 11th, there were proposed modifications to the draft agreement that both RCDA staff and representatives of New London County Realty, LLC desired to place in front of the Executive Committee for further discussion, prior to submission to City Council.

 

a.      Staff anticipates having a revised draft ready for presentation to the Executive Committee on July 14th for consideration. The discussion will be the subject of an Executive Session at the end of the agenda.      

 

b.      Environmental Remediation;  A site walk was conducted by GEI staff on July 11th.  A final punch list was created, noting the remaining tasks to address the requirements of the grant. Plantings within the bottom of the tidal ditch and some minor grading and stabilization will be initiated prior to the end of the month.    

 

c.       L&M Parcel;  Terms and conditions of the “land swap” have been included in the draft development agreement with New London County Realty,LLC.         

 

  1. Parcel 4A;   RCDA has submitted a grant application to DECD for site cleanup. The amount requested is $448,000. It is noted, that the City Council approved a participating share in the amount of $50,000.  DECD has notified RCDA that they have been selected to make a presentation to DECD and other State agencies on July 25th.  RCDA staff continues to receive updates from the principals of Aquafarms America. The developer is exploring methods/sources of financing.  

 

  1. Parcel 1;  RCDA and the Patel family executed a commitment to negotiate document in April. RCDA staff has had recent conversations with Patel’s Counsel and discussed the timeline, including critical tasks to complete due diligence and site investigations.     

 

a.      Perhaps the most significant task critical to advancing a development agreement, is the relocation of New London Seafood.  The Mayor invited RCDA President Mariani, Staff and Counsel to participate in meetings and discussions with the City, State Port Authority, Gary Yerman of New London Seafood and his Counsel. The discussions have focused on advancing improvements at the CV or State Pier to facilitate the relocation and impediments to same. We will continue to participate and support this effort, being mindful that the developer has stated that a date certain for relocation will have to be defined in the terms and conditions of the development agreement.    

 

b.      A follow up inspection of Parcel 1 was conducted on July 13. There are still a number of existing conditions and activities that are in violation of the informal agreement RCDA has with the fishing operation.  Staff has requested that John Brooks, prior Executive Director, provide a narrative relative to any development proposals or discussions he may have had over the years with Mr. Yerman.  We would hope to have that narrative before the end of the month.  

 

4.      Parcel J, Shaw’s Cove;  A July closing date between AR Builders and the City is anticipated.   

 

5.      Harbor Management Plan;  Due to Executive Director Evan Matthews experiencing a serious health setback, this project has been on hold.   

 

6.      Plan of Conservation and Development;  RCDA staff continues to provide technical support to ODP staff and Planning & Zoning.   The final task of creating the document mapping is complete.  We are expecting that a public hearing can be scheduled for late August or early September.

 

MINUTES of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors meeting April 20, 2018
@ 7:30 AM at 216 Howard Street, New London, CT

 

1)      Call to Order there being a quorum President Mariani called the meeting to order at 7:34 and called the roll.

2)      Attending:
         Board Members: Mark Christiansen, Bill Cornish, Dave Crocker, Paul Geraghty, Nick Caplanson, Chap Hanley, Barbara Neff, Andy Russell, Jerry Sinnamon, Gail Schwenker Mayer,
         Liaisons: Don Vendetto (City Council), Felix Reyes (ODP)
         Guests:   Mayor Passero, Chris Soto (State Rep)

         Staff:       Peter Davis, Frank McLaughlin

 

3)      Minutes of meeting of March16, 2018 Executive Committee. Motion to accept by Mark Christiansen, 2nd Jerry Sinnamon; Unanimous.
 

4)      Financial Report –  Treasurer Gail Schwenker Mayer deferred to Executive Director Peter Davis who has been working with Jenny Wronowski on a presentation to DECD regarding the release of funds. We have operating funds until August however the state is holding approximately $168,000 in funds committed to RCDA. We are requesting those funds which should be available July 1st. Further, the developers fee of approximately $80,000 due to us for Shipway 221 should be paid in August but developer may request a six-month extension which is allowed under our agreement with them. The developer will be liable for Real Estate taxes of about $21,000 to RCDA in July.
 

5)      President’s Report – President Mariani asked Executive Director Davis to present his report on recent meetings with state officials and lease negotiations with New London Seafood Distributors (NLSD).
 

6)      Executive Director’s Report – Peter Davis

a)      Myself our attorney Karl Sternlof, Mayor Passero and ODP Director Felix Reyes traveled to Hartford to meet with DECD and DEEP Commissioners and their staffs to determine if the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and mortgage had, in fact, expired as we were led to believe by former assistant Commissioner Tim Sullivan. Staff in Hartford agreed to investigate however, DEEP staff insisted that the Flood Plain Certificate  limits the number of residential units to 104 as previously committed. The proposal of a potential assisted living development will not be allowed under the current MDP or flood plain certificate according to DEEP.

b)      We have submitted a draft lease to NLSD and expect a response shortly. If we cannot agree on terms we will post an RFP/RFQ to receive proposals from other fishermen.

c)      Regarding remediation funds: The state will only have $500,000 available to award to municipalities whose proposal they accept.

i)       Parcel 4 A needs remediation at a projected cost of $500,000

ii)      Parcel 1 will require $500,000 to One Million.

iii)     Crystal Avenue Apartments tear down is anticipated to be 1.2 million.  Federal Government might have funding but we will not know until September if they will offer funding. Timing is the issue as feds want to transfer this property in June. I will work with Felix Reyes at ODP to develop a plan.

 

7)      Real Estate Committee – Paul Geraghty

a)      Real Estate problem with ground water; he turned it over to Mr. Davis as he has worked on this issue. Paul Burgess LEP looked at the situation and determined that no work has been done on ground analysis. We are missing documentation in the office. Burgess went to Hartford and found the missing report which is 3400 pages. Although monitoring wells are on site  new wells need to be added. As reported above cost could be as much as $1,000,000.

b)     Eric Hamburg is developing a residential mini village just north of the Shipway 221. There is a 5 foot strip of land belonging to RCDA which can be quit claimed to him necessary for the development.

 

8)      Assistant Director’s Report – Frank McLaughlin

a)      Port Authority/Harbor Management Plan

i)       In process, need City Council to approve request to cost share with the State. Will be presented at the May meeting.

b)      Martin Center

i)       There are several prospects. Our new ODP director Felix Reyes is wrapping his arms around the project and will call on RCDA as needed.

c)      Clinical Day Care

i)       There is an issue with the HVAC system that is being addressed.
 

9)      Marketing Committee – Mark Christiansen

a)      Given our lack of funds we are not developing any campaign at this time.

b)      Discussion followed about potential activities.

a.      Barbara Neff asked about advertising.

b.      Gail Schwenker Mayer is working with someone to do a video: she will pursue and report back to the committee.

c.       Felix Reyes working with contacts in Boston…putting together guide with sites that are available and will tour potential properties. Can be a yearly event long term. Chairman Christiansen will work with him.

d.      Mr. Reyes meeting with A&R regarding Mansfield Road apartments and will help promote on City Web site.

 

10)   Next Meeting

a)      Executive Committee May 18 @7:30 at RCDA Building.
 

11)   Adjournment. 

a)      Moved at 8:25 AM by Mark Christiansen, second by Chap Hanley.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Frank McLaughlin
March 16, 2018

CERTIFICATE

I, Andy Russell, Secretary of the Renaissance City Development Association, do hereby certify the above minutes were adopted at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Renaissance City Development Association held on March 16, 2018 and that the said minutes are on file in the RCDA office at 216 Howard Street, New London, Connecticut, and that it has not been modified nor rescinded whatsoever.

ATTEST

_______________________                                                        ___________________
Andy Russell                                                                                     Date
Secretary

 

MINUTES of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors meeting March 16, 2018
@ 8:00 AM at 216 Howard Street, New London, CT

 

1)     Call to Order there being a quorum President Mariani called the meeting to order at 8:10 and called the roll.

2)     Attending:
       Board Members: Mark Christiansen, Paul Geraghty (by phone), Nick Caplanson, Andy Russell, Jerry Sinnamon, Gail Schwenker Mayer
     
      Liaisons: Don Vendetto (City Council)
      Guests:   Mayor Passero

      Staff:       Peter Davis, Frank McLaughlin land swap.

 

3)     Minutes of meeting of February 15, 2018 Board Meeting. Motion to accept by Mark, 2nd Jerry; Unanimous.
 

4)     Financial Report -  Peter Davis reported that we are running below budget.We will be out of operating funds by August. Have applied to State for remaining 168,000. Putting together proposed use of funds but  we can not request until July 1 if we close owe to Jenny for doing the bulk of work

5)     Development on 5C, we will receive funds for 80K

6)     Executive Director’s Report – Peter Davis

a)     Short week, status report

b)    Notice from EPA close out notice.

c)     Development agreement but problem with L&M Need  appropriate signature

d)    Can get extension

e)     They are trying to sell.

 

7)     Assistant Director’s Report –Frank McLaughlin

a)     Clinical Day Care

i)      Lease purchase executed on Monday February 5, 2018.Grand opening tonight, all are invited to 6PM ribbon cutting with the Mayor.

b)    Harbor Management Plan

i)      We are completing documents the Connecticut Port Authority and submit the proposal which has been approved by the New London Port Authority so that we can hire Jeff Steadman’s firm to develop the plan. Anticipated time frame 12-18 months.

 

8)     Marketing Committee -Mark Christiansen

a)     Funding low, no activity. 

b)    Discussion about pros and cons of using
social media.; no conclusions or votes taken.

9)    Attorney Karl-Erik Sternlof

a)     ED Davis reported on behalf of Attorney Sternlof that the status of the Stillman lawsuit will not be heard until September of 2019.

b)    The Mayor reported that the Housing Authority expects the Crystal Avenue apartments to be empty by the end of May.
 

10) Other Business

a)     Mayor Passero suggested staff meet with Hartford Development Corp. to develop a relationship.

b)    Mayor reviewed recent meeting with various industry representatives about the development of Windmills and the need for a “laydown” area near the New London Port.
 

11) Next Meeting

a)     Executive Committee April 20 @7:30 at RCDA Building.
 

12) Adjournment. 

a)     Moved at 8:50 AM by Jerry Sinnamon, second by Andy Russell

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Frank McLaughlin
March 16, 2018

CERTIFICATE

I, Andy Russell, Secretary of the Renaissance City Development Association, do hereby certify the above minutes were adopted at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Renaissance City Development Association held on March 16, 2018 and that the said minutes are on file in the RCDA office at 216 Howard Street, New London, Connecticut, and that it has not been modified nor rescinded whatsoever.

ATTEST

_______________________                                                  ___________________
Andy Russell                                                                Date
Secretary

 

 

 

   EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

                                                                                February 2018

 

1) Parcels 5C 1&2;  New London County Realty submitted special permit and site plan applications to the Planning & Zoning last month. RCDA staff appeared at the February 1st public hearing and testified in favor of the application. The hearing was continued to February 15th and we expect that the applications will receive conditional approvals. 

 

2) Parcel 1;  Staff and Counsel met with Mr. Patel and his Counsel in January and a 30 day administrative extension was granted to continue efforts to negotiate a development  agreement. Unfortunately, we could not come to terms and the parties agreed to terminate negotiations. The Real Estate Committee met on Wednesday, February 14th and determined that the Patels had negotiated in good faith. The $10,000 deposit would be returned subject to the receipt of a release and/or acknowledgement that there would be not further action on their part.   Staff will contact Attorney Carberry for the subject documentation.

 

During the Due Diligence phase of the negotiations, it was determined that there was a gap in the environmental assessment of the site. Apparently, the required groundwater assessment, analysis and monitoring was not completed. The Real Estate Committee passed a motion on February 14th , directing staff to seek bids to complete the assessment work.  

 

3)  Parcel J;  AR Builders is moving forward with their submissions to the City. We anticipate a March public hearing date. 

 

4)  Fishermen;  Staff met with Attorney Gordon Videll for a discussion about drafting a structured lease for his client Mr. Yerman to consider.  Terms and conditions are yet to be defined, but generally a monthly payment based on similar ”market” conditions would be expected, as well as a defined ground lease area for upland activities, as well as defined activities/uses that would be permitted.  Staff will work with Counsel to draft a document for consideration and ultimately present the draft to the Real Estate Committee for review and consideration. Mr. Videll was advised that if we could not come to terms with Mr. Yerman, that RCDA would publish an RFP/RFQ for other commercial fishing operations to occupy the facilities.    

 

5) Harbor Management Plan;  Staff has submitted the required documents to the State Port Authority as requested, in order to prepare a Personal Services Agreement (PSA). This will allow us to engage the consultant for the completion of the plan. We anticipate the PSA to be in place prior to the end of March.  

 

MINUTES of Board of Directors meeting February15, 2018
@ 5:30 PM at 216 Howard Street, New London, CT

 

1)     Call to Order by First Vice President Mark Christiansen at 5:30
Attending:
        Board Members: Mark Christiansen, Jan Christiansen, Dave Crocker, Paul Geraghty, Charles Hanley, Ed DeMuzzio, David Topkin, Nick Caplanson, Jerry Sinnamon, David Topkin,
      Members: John Johnson
      Liaisons: Don Vendetto (City Council)
      Guests: Mayor Passero

      Staff: Frank McLaughlin

 

2)     Minutes of meeting of January 19, 2018 Executive Committee. Jerry Sinnamon moved to accept, second by Paul Geraghty; unanimous.

 

3)     Financial Report -  Frank McLaughlin reporting for Gail Schwenker Mayer via Jenny Wronowski.

a)     Spending continues on track and on Budget.

b)     Two grants were closed out at the end of the year - New London County Downpayment Program & the EPA Brownfield grant for Fort Trumbull Howard Street 5c CleanUp.  Paperwork and final reports were submitted and accepted. 

c)      Looking ahead to 2018-2019 fiscal year starting July 1st.  Need to complete anticipated income vs. expenses and determine amount needed from funding sources - State, City & Private reserves.   State funding that remains earmarked for Fort Trumbull is about $200,000.   Private reserves have about $40,000.  Will work with Finance Committee when data is compiled.
 

4)     Executive Director’s Report

a)     Attached

 

5)     Assistant Director’s Report –Frank McLaughlin

a)     Clinical Day Care

i)       Lease purchase executed on Monday February 5, 2018.

b)     Harbor Management Plan

i)       We continue to pursue the Connecticut Port Authority for appropriate documentation so that we can hire Jeff Steadman’s firm to develop the plan. Anticipated time frame 12-18 months.

 

6)    Next Meeting

a)     Executive Committee March 16 @7:30 at RCDA Building.
 

7)     Adjournment. 

a)     Moved at 5:41 PM by Paul Geraghty, second by Chap Hanley

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Frank McLaughlin
February 15, 2018

CERTIFICATE

I, Andy Russell, Secretary of the Renaissance City Development Association, do hereby certify the above minutes were adopted at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Renaissance City Development Association held on July 14, 2017 and that the said minutes are on file in the RCDA office at 216 Howard Street, New London, Connecticut, and that it has not been modified nor rescinded whatsoever.

ATTEST

_______________________                                                    ___________________
Andy Russell                                                                   Date
Secretary

 

 

 

   EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

                                                                                   February 2018

 

1) Parcels 5C 1&2;  New London County Realty submitted special permit and site plan applications to the Planning & Zoning last month. RCDA staff appeared at the February 1st public hearing and testified in favor of the application. The hearing was continued to February 15th and we expect that the applications will receive conditional approvals. 

 

2) Parcel 1;  Staff and Counsel met with Mr. Patel and his Counsel in January and a 30 day administrative extension was granted to continue efforts to negotiate a development  agreement. Unfortunately, we could not come to terms and the parties agreed to terminate negotiations. The Real Estate Committee met on Wednesday, February 14th and determined that the Patels had negotiated in good faith. The $10,000 deposit would be returned subject to the receipt of a release and/or acknowledgement that there would be not further action on their part.   Staff will contact Attorney Carberry for the subject documentation.

 

During the Due Diligence phase of the negotiations, it was determined that there was a gap in the environmental assessment of the site. Apparently, the required groundwater assessment, analysis and monitoring was not completed. The Real Estate Committee passed a motion on February 14th , directing staff to seek bids to complete the assessment work.  

 

3)  Parcel J;  AR Builders is moving forward with their submissions to the City. We anticipate a March public hearing date. 

 

4)  Fishermen;  Staff met with Attorney Gordon Videll for a discussion about drafting a structured lease for his client Mr. Yerman to consider.  Terms and conditions are yet to be defined, but generally a monthly payment based on similar ”market” conditions would be expected, as well as a defined ground lease area for upland activities, as well as defined activities/uses that would be permitted.  Staff will work with Counsel to draft a document for consideration and ultimately present the draft to the Real Estate Committee for review and consideration. Mr. Videll was advised that if we could not come to terms with Mr. Yerman, that RCDA would publish an RFP/RFQ for other commercial fishing operations to occupy the facilities.    

 

5) Harbor Management Plan;  Staff has submitted the required documents to the State Port Authority as requested, in order to prepare a Personal Services Agreement (PSA). This will allow us to engage the consultant for the completion of the plan. We anticipate the PSA to be in place prior to the end of March.  

 

 

Minutes of the RCDA Executive Committee

of the Board of Directors

7:30 AM on January 19, 2018

RCDA Building at 216 Howard Street

New London, CT
 

1)     President Mariani called the roll, introduced those in attendance and, there being a quorum, called the meeting to order at 7:35 AM

a)     Before proceeding with the agenda President Mariani recognized Tammy Daugherty who has been Liaison to RCDA from the Office of Development and Planning and thanked her for her invaluable service to our organization and the city

Attending:

Board Members
Reid Burdick, Nick Caplanson, Mark Christiansen, David Crocker, Paul Geraghty, Linda Mariani, Gail Schwenker Mayer, Jerry Sinnamon
Staff
Frank McLaughlin
Other Members and Guests
Mayor Passero, David Collins- Day Newspaper, Bill Gustini - member, Daniel Jahne of Fuss and O’Neil, Gabriella Neusner, Charles Duffy-Member, Sybil Tetteh -Director of Planning, Marty Olsen- City Council

2)     Minutes of the Board meeting of December 7, 2017 were moved for acceptance by Mark Christiansen, second by Jerry Sinnamon. Unanimous.

3)     Financial Report – Treasurer Gail Schwenker-Mayer

i)       RCDA continues to run frugally.  We will discuss with Executive Director Davis a good time to go back to DECD for operating funds.  Our last influx of State money for operating was for the January-December 2017 period which totaled $50,000.

b)     Jenny Wronowski submitted the EPA Brownfield grant close-out reporting prior to the end of the year but has not received the final paperwork. 

c)      We completed the New London County Downpayment Loan Program and had it certified prior to the end of the year. The final reports were filed but we have not received that final paperwork

d)     ECHO administered the grant resulting in 20 downpayment loans were provided to first-time homebuyers in New London County.  Fourteen (14) of these loans were made to buyers with household incomes between 51% and 80% of Area Median Income. Six (6) loans were made to buyers with household incomes below 50% of AMI.   

e)      We will have a total number of homes for Board Meeting.

f)      Mark Christiansen moved to adopt the report, Second Paul Geraghty. Unanimous
4)    President’s Report – President Mariani

Presented the report prepared by Executive Director Peter Davis.
Attached

5)    Real Estate Committee – Paul Geraghty

a)     Stated that Assistant ED McLaughlin will give an update on the Clinical Day Care School known as the Little Red School House.

6)    Assistant Director’s Report – Frank McLaughlin

a)     LRSH/Clinical Day Care- String Theory School (Lease/purchase with Chris and Amy Leigh)

i)       Worked with RCDA Attorney Karl Sternlof, City Attorney Jeff Londregan and attorney for the lessors Garon Camassar to finalize a draft agreement (special thanks also to Tammy Daugherty, Ned Hammond and Mark Christiansen). CAM was placed on the January 16 City Council agenda that requires 8-24 referral to P&Z. We expect acceptance at next P&Z meeting on Feb 1. The Lease purchase will be placed on agenda for Economic Development Committee of City Council and hopefully reported out at that meeting for approval that night by the full City Council, or placed on agenda for February 20th Council meeting. The Leighs are ready to sign lease and get started with planned renovations. 

b)     Next Board meeting we are invited to be guests for dinner at RD86

i)       Assistant ED McLaughlin will work out the details with President Mariani

c)     Martin Center

i)       McLaughlin will continue as liaison with ODP to find a redeveloper of the property.

7)    Next Meeting

a)     Board of Directors Thursday February 15, 2018 @ 5:30 PM possibly at RD86 at 86 Golden Street in New London
 

8)    Adjournment moved by Paul Geraghty, second by Nick Caplanson at 7:50 AM

 

Respectfully submitted

Frank McLaughlin

Assistant Executive Director

ATTEST

_______________________                                     ___________________
Andy Russell                                                    Date
Secretary

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

                                                                    January 2018

) Parcels 5C 1&2;  New London County Realty has resubmitted applications to Planning & Zoning. The project should be scheduled for hearings on February 1st.  All the required documentation for the close out of the EPA grant have been submitted. At this time we are not aware of any deficiencies.

2) Parcel 1;  Staff and Counsel received a Status Report from the developer’s legal Counsel on December 7th. The document contained a synopsis of issues that had been identified by the potential developer during their due diligence process. After a review by RCDA Counsel and myself, a determination was made that a thirty (30) day Administrative Extension would be warranted. Due to the Holidays, it was not possible to schedule a meeting to properly discuss the issues with the Patel Group. Both parties have mutually agreed to the Administrative Extension, which will expire on February 6th.  At this time, negotiation points must remain confidential. Any further requests for extension must be presented to the Executive Committee.  

3Parcel J;  Staff participated in a pre-submission Planning & Zoning workshop on January 11. There were no significant issues identified. AR Building anticipates submitting applications this month, with a tentative hearing date in February.  

 4)  Fishermen;   We have advised New London Seafood/Gary Yerman and his legal counsel that we will contact them once we have clarity on the proposal to develop the hotel.

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Minutes of the RCDA Board of Directors

5:30 PM on December 7, 2017

RCDA Building at 216 Howard Street

New London, CT
1)     President Mariani called the roll, introduced those in attendance and called meeting to order at 5:30 PM

Attending:

Board Members
Nick Caplanson, Mark Christiansen, Jan Christiansen, Bill Cornish, Linda Mariani, Andy Russell, Gail Schwenker Mayer, Jerry Sinnamon
Staff
Peter Davis, Frank McLaughlin
Other Members and Guests
Mayor Passero, Martha Marx-Member, Barry Neistat-Member, Greg Smith- Day Newspaper

2)     Minutes -

a)     Of the Annual meeting of October 20, 2017 were moved for acceptance by Mark Christiansen, second by Jerry Sinnamon. Unanimous.

3)     Financial Report – Treasurer Gail Schwenker-Mayer

a)     There is nothing exciting to report financially.  We continue to run the RCDA operation austerely with staff (salaries) being nearly 70% of our expenses year to date.  

Expenses and anticipated income are on track per our approved budget. 

The 990 tax-return for the January-June 2017 short year was submitted last month and all subsequent reporting has been submitted.  If anyone would like a copy of the 990, please let Jenny know and she will forward a copy.  

The EPA grant closeout is nearly complete and submitted.

b)     We are still anticipating our last New London Co. Down Payment grant to be awarded this month and closing out that grant in January 2018.  

c)      By consensus agreed to plan to review all service contracts with outside vendors.

4)     President’s Report – President Linda Mariani

a)     RCDA’s participation in the New London County Down payment Loan Program;  Since the program was established in 2006, in partnership with ECHO (Eastern Connecticut Housing Opportunities)  131 low income families have been assisted in buying their first  home.  Over $1.8 million in down payment assistance has been loaned through the program.  RCDA has partnered in this effort in a “pro-bono” capacity, providing administrative services.  At the end of 2017, the final down payment loan will be issued.  This long-term partnership serves as a perfect example of the type of positive impact development organizations can achieve within a community and region.   

5)     Executive Director’s Report – Peter Davis

a)     Attached

 6)     Assistant Director’s Report – Frank McLaughlin

a)     Harbor Management Plan for City of New London

i)       RCDA has been charged to help develop the plan and has been provided $16.000 by the city in financial support. We have submitted a request to the Connecticut Port Authority through a Professional Services Agreement and the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP) which provides grants for the preparation of plans and studies. Once funding is secured we will engage experts to help draft the plan.

ii)      The SHIPP will also fund the development of a dock at the Nautilus Memorial creating another stop for the Heritage Trail Harbor tours.

b)     LRSH/Clinical Day Care

i)       Mark Christiansen reported on the meeting he had with Chris Leigh regarding the Leigh’s due diligence. (post meeting) They have indicated that they will take the next step and have their attorney draft a lease option agreement to be reviewed by city officials.

c)      Approve the 2018 schedule of meetings which has been circulated to the membership.

i)       Mark Christiansen moved to approve, second by Nick Caplanson. Unanimous.

d)     Martin Center

i)       Conversations continue with developer Yehuda Amar regarding potential redevelopment with the Senior Center becoming a tenant of the new development if it materializes.

 

7)     Marketing Committee – Mark Christiansen

a)     No action to be taken until we can “take the wraps off” 221 Shipway on Parcels 5 C 1&2.

 

8)     Other Business

a)     Executive Director Davis reported that our attorney Karl-Erik Sternlof informed him that at a hearing on the Stillman vs. RCDA case, a trial will be scheduled for September of 2019. (not a typo)
 

9)     Next Meeting

a)     Executive Committee:  Friday January 19, 2018 @ 7:30 AM at RCDA Building.
 

10)  Adjournment. Moved at 5:55 by Mark Christiansen, second Gail Schwenker Mayer. Unanimous.

 

 

Respectfully submitted

Frank McLaughlin

Assistant Executive Director

MINUTES OF MEETING
of the
RCDA Executive Committee
of the
Board of Directors
Friday August 18 at 7:30 AM

at the
RCDA Building, 216 Howard Street, New London, CT
 

AGENDA

 

1)     Roll Call

a)     Linda Mariani, Mark Christiansen, Gail Schwenker Mayer, Jerry Sinnamon, Andy Russell, Nick Caplanson, Barbara Neff, Chap Hanley, Dave Crocker.

A.     Liaison – Mayor Passero, Tammy Daugherty (ODP)

B.     Members  
      Reona Dyess, Marty Olsen

C.     Staff

      Peter Davis, Frank McLaughlin
 

2)     Call to Order- There being a quorum President Linda Mariani called the meeting to order at 7:30.

3)    Minutes of meeting of July 14, 2017 Executive Committee Meeting

Moved approval by Mark Christiansen, Second Jerry Sinnamon, Unanimous.

 

4)    Financial Report – Treasurer Gail Schwenker-Mayer. Jenny Wronowski on vacation. No report.
 

5)    President’s Report – President Mariani reported:

·      The City Council approved the Development Agreement for 5C 1&2 last Monday evening. There will be a formal signing of the Development Agreement on Wednesday, August 30th at 3:00, in the Fort Trumbull Conference Room.  An email notification will be sent out next week. Quinn & Hary will be creating a press release over the next week.  This project is significant, as it is the first “full construction project” to occur within the MDP. Light refreshments will be provided and we hope all of you are able to attend.  

 

·      Activity is picking up relative to the hotel project on Parcel 1.  Staff met with the Patel’s Counsel this week and they have drafted a revised task sheet and timeline to complete due diligence and conceptual plans. We anticipate having more “mature” conceptual plans for staff review within the next 60 days.

 

·      Regarding the relocation of New London Seafood, staff is in the process of completing a review of internal documents related to prior efforts to relocate the business. Former Executive Director John Brooks, has also been asked to submit a narrative describing his efforts to facilitate the relocation

 

 

 

and/or develop the industry at the current location. Upon completion of the review, the Mayor has agreed to schedule another meeting to discuss strategies to advance options.    

 

·      Although not an RCDA/MDP project, the City signed the Development Agreement for Parcel J with AR Builders this Monday. Final design includes 90 market rate residential 1 & 2 bedroom apartments.
   

6)    Executive Director’s Report – Peter Davis

a)    Attached hereto

 

 

7)    Assistant Director’s Report – Frank McLaughlin

a)    LRSH/Clinical Day Care

i)     Meeting today with representatives from RCDA, The City and Drop in Learning Center to finalize the sale. I’m confidant an arrangement satisfactory to all parties will be
reached and then presented to City Council for approval.

 

b)    Martin Center

i)     Progress is being made.

ii)     Peter Davis and I met with Ned Hammond, Shaun Gravel of Tradesmen of New England, Bill Barlow from Public Works and Bill Watson of Public Works in an effort to determine immediate needs and costs to remedy.

iii)    Problem is the determination of “VALUE” Gross area is 54,895 usable 48,848. Bought in 1975 for $361,500 from Norwich Diocese. For tax purposes Appraised $4,136,000   and assessed $2,895,200.

iv)   We will meet again to determine sales price to a developer or cost to “moth ball” the Main building but retaining the Sr. Center.
 

8)    Marketing Committee – Mark Christiansen

a)    Committee met with Maria Miranda for ideas outside of what we have talked about…. information arrived today a week late. Copy attached. Committee will review and report back.

 

9)    Other Business

a)    Gail Schwenker Mayer reported that Board members have committed enough to enable RCDA to contribute $1,500 to sponsor a Brigaid Dinner in support of the Child Nutrition Program. Gail will organize publicity around this contribution.

 

10) Next Meeting

a)      Board of Directors Thursday September 14, 2017 @ 5:30 PM at RCDA Building.
 

11)   Adjournment.

 

Respectfully submitted

Frank McLaughlin

 

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

                                                                                   AUGUST 2017

 

1) Parcels 5C 1&2;  Final terms and conditions were negotiated, approved by the Executive Board and presented to the City Council for consideration through the City Council Economic Development Committee. The Economic Development Committee and the City Council unanimously approved the terms and conditions of the Development Agreement on Monday August 7th.  The documents will be forwarded to the State of Connecticut DECD this week for review.  DECD Deputy Commissioner Tim Sullivan has received periodic updates from staff about the project. Commissioner Sullivan has stated that they will review the matter “expeditiously” .     

 

Environmental Remediation;  Based upon communications with the contractor, the grant should be closed out prior to the September deadline.

 

2) Parcel 4A, Clean-up Grant Application; RCDA staff presented to DECD on July 25th.  We anticipate receiving an answer from DECD before the end of September. If we receive funding, an RFP/RFQ will be published in October. The City may also allocated remaining EPA funds from a prior grant to their environmental consultant, GEI,  to complete the required Remedial Action Plan (RAP). This document would complete the assessment phase of the project and is required by DEEP & EPA before clean-up can be initiated.    

 

Aquafarms America;  The principals of Aquafarms notified staff the week of August 7th , that they are still interested and exploring methods of financing of the project. RCDA continues to consider other parties that have shown interest in the parcel, as we do not have an executed commitment to negotiate from Aquafarms. 

 

3) Parcel 1;  The potential developer for the hotel has initiated additional tasks associated with his due diligence requirements. Environmental staff from his consultant Milone & MacBroom have been reviewing various environmental assessment and remediation documents over the past few weeks. The developer has also engaged a firm to complete a Marketing Analysis, as well as advancing more “mature” conceptual plans. Staff met with the developer’s Counsel this week and modified the tasks and timeline documents.

 

The Mayor, RCDA President, Attorney Sternloff, a representative of the State Port Authority and staff have initiated conversations with Mr. Yerman (New London Seafood) and his Counsel, relative to the move to CV or State Pier. As reported, the relocation of the fisherman from Parcel 1 will be a requirement of the Development Agreement. If the relocation cannot be accomplished, the hotel development will not proceed. The concept plan will include a free-standing restaurant located proximate to the existing wharf, as well as a transient marina operation that will use existing waterfront infrastructure.

 

                                                                                 

                        

 

 

Staff is in the process of reviewing internal documents related to prior efforts to relocate the fishermen. Former Executive Director John Brooks has been asked to submit a narrative of his history with the effort.

 

 

4)  Parcel J;  The Development Agreement was signed by Mayor Passero and AR on Monday August 14th. AR is still contemplating completion of the project on Mansfield Road in October and would like to move directly to Parcel J.

 

 

 

5) Plan of Conservation & Development;  RCDA staff continues to provide technical assistance. The draft document is complete and will be finalized for distribution and review by other stakeholders over the next few weeks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES of Board of Directors meeting June 15, 2017

@ 5:30 PM at 216 Howard Street, New London, CT
 

1)    Call to Order by President Linda Mariani at 5:30
Attending:
        Board Members: Linda Mariani, Mark Christiansen, Jan Christiansen, Paul Geraghty, Martin Berliner, Reid Burdick, Charles Hanley, Ed DeMuzzio, Barbara Neff, Davis Topkin, Nick Caplanson, Bill Cornish, Barbara Neff, Andy Russell, Gail Schwenker Mayer, Jerry Sinnamon
      Liaisons: Tammy Daugherty (ODP), Don Vendetto (City Council)
      Guests: Nancy Cowser (seCTer), Alexandra Juhre (Fiddleheads)

      Staff: Jenny Wronowski, Peter Davis, Frank McLaughlin

2)    Minutes of meeting of May 19, 2017. Mark Christiansen moved to accept, second by Jerry Sinnamon; unanimous.

3)    Financial Report -  Treasurer Gail Schwenker Mayer

a)    Gail asked Fiscal Officer Jenny Wronowski to report on the audit status. She reported that we have received both the draft for the 2016 financial statements & audit and the IRS form 990, which she reviewed with Ron Baude and Treasurer Schwenker Mayer. The Treasurer will call a meeting of the Finance Committee for final review.

b)    Per the bylaws revision adopted at the Annual Meeting, the RCDA fiscal year is now July 1st - June 30th.  A short-year six-month tax return will be filed for the period from January 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017.  Per consultation with DECD, we will have an

18-month audit at the end of the next fiscal year to cover

January 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.   

c)    EPA Grant covered in the Executive Director’s report (attached).

4)    President’s Report –  Linda Mariani

a)    President asked for a motion to approve proposed and renewing members:

Joe Grillo, Steve Rice, Efrain Dominguez, Jr., Kevin Cavanagh, Armand Lambert, Reona Dyess and Charles Secor.

b)     They have completed the application and paid the required membership fee.

c)     Motion to accept new members by Mark Christiansen, second by Chap Hanley and after discussion motion was accepted with 2 opposed.

5)    Executive Director’s Report – Peter Davis

a)    Attached

b)    In Attorney Sternlof’s absence E.D. Davis reported that he understands that there will be a phone conference called by the Judge with the attorneys representing the litigants in the “Stillman” case the week of June 19. We look forward to a favorable outcome.

6)    Assistant Director’s Report –Frank McLaughlin

a)    Clinical Day Care sale contract language for offer is being prepared by Attorneys Sternlof and Londregan. We hope to present at the first Council meeting in July.

b)    Martin Center Davis and McLaughlin will have a preliminary meeting with Ned Hammond to present a plan forward to City leadership.

c)    Website Partner/Sponsors   Progress is slow asking. We are asking members to provide names of prospects.

 7)    Next Meeting

a)    Board of Directors Friday July 14 @7:30 at RCDA Building.
8)    Adjournment. 

a)    Moved at 6:26PM by Reid Burdick, second by Mark Christiansen

Respectfully Submitted,

Frank McLaughlin
June 15, 2017

CERTIFICATE

I, Andy Russell, Secretary of the Renaissance City Development Association, do hereby certify the above minutes were adopted at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Renaissance City Development Association held on July 14, 2017 and that the said minutes are on file in the RCDA office at 216 Howard Street, New London, Connecticut, and that it has not been modified nor rescinded whatsoever.

ATTEST

_______________________                                                     ___________________
Andy Russell                                                                       Date
Secretary

 

 

MINUTES
 

RCDA Real Estate Committee at 7:15
 

Executive Committee of the Board of Directors at 7:30

Friday May 19, 2017 at the RCDA Building, 216 Howard Street, New London, CT

Real Estate Committee Minutes

1.    Call to order Called by President Linda Mariani at 7:25
Attending:
            Board Members Nick Caplanson, Bill Cornish, Dave Crocker, Charles Hanley, Barbara Neff, Andy Russell, Gail Schwenker Mayer, Jerry Sinnamon
Guests: Mayor Passero

Staff:
    Peter Davis, Frank McLaughlin, Karl Erik Sternlof

  1. Review counter offer to purchase the Critical Day Care Center by the Drop-in Learning Center.
    1. After Review and discussion of thecounter offer to purchase the Critical Day Care Center made by the Drop-in Learning Center, moved by Linda Mariani to recommend action the RCDA Executive Committee to recommend the following to the Economic Development Committee of City Council: (A) that the Clinical Day Care School be sold to The Drop-in Learning Center for a sales price of $115,000.00; (B) that the sale be subject to a deed restriction requiring annual pilot payments to be made to the city if the property is at any time not taxable by the city by virtue of the tax exempt status of the property owner; (c) that the formula for determining such annual pilot payments is to be determined by the city council; (d) that the foregoing be incorporated into an addendum to the proposed purchase and sale agreement as presented by the purchaser together with such additional changes as RCDA corporate counsel and the citys law director Jeff Londregan may direct. Assuming the purchaser accepts the purchase and sale agreement as so modified, the goal is to present this to the EDC committee at the June 5 meeting, second by Jerry Sinnamon; unanimous.

    2. Adjournment.  Moved at by Jerry Sinnamon at 7:38. Second by Gail Schwenker-Mayer.

Executive Committee

Roll call and introductions by President Mariani at 7:40

            Attending:
            Board Members: Nick Caplanson, Bill Cornish, Dave Crocker, Paul Geraghty, Charles Hanley, Barbara Neff, Andy Russell, Gail Schwenker Mayer, Jerry Sinnamon
Staff:
    Peter Davis, Frank McLaughlin, Karl Erik Sternlof
Guests: Mayor Passero

1)    Minutes of meeting of April 20, 2017. Gail Schwenker Mayer moved to accept, second by Jerry Sinnamon; unanimous.

2)    Financial Report -  Treasurer Gail Schwenker Mayer

a)    Report attached

3)    President’s Report –  Linda Mariani

a)    We have been notified by L&M administrative staff that the L&M Finance Committee and the Executive Board have approved the land swap of RCDA parcels north of their facility for their parcels adjacent to Parcels 5C 1&2.  RCDA Staff and counsel have included language in the draft development agreement with New London County Realty, LLC to facilitate the swap.

4)    Executive Director’s Report – Peter Davis

a)    Attached.

b)    Mr. Davis explained the need for a current market appraisal of Parcel 1. Dave Crocker  moved to have staff engage an appraiser, second by Andy Russell; unanimous.

5)    Real Estate Committee –   Nick Caplanson moved to accept the recommendation of the Real Estate Committeeto recommend to the Economic Development Committee of City Council that the Clinical Day Care School be sold to The Drop-in Learning Center subject to pilot funds to be determined by a formula approved by the City’s Law director Jeff Londregan. RCDA Council Karl -Erik Sternlof develop specificlanguage with Attorney Londregan to accomplish this. Goal is to present this to the EDC Committee at the June 5 meeting. Second by  Dave Crocker ; unanimous.

6)    Assistant Director’s Report –Frank McLaughlin

a)    Martin Center

i)     Expressed the need to develop a plan for disposition.

b)    Intern, need to compensate.

i)     Explained the law regarding payment (or not) to interns is confusing and safest course is to pay minimum wage for any work performed.

ii)     Chap Hanley moved to hire an intern for up to 10 hours per week at minimum wage, second by Bill Cornish; unanimous.

c)    Web site

i)     Site is being expanded and updated weekly.

ii)    Sponsor package is complete. Plan to start calling on prospects next week.

 7)   Attorney Karl-Erik Sternlof

a)    Status of Litigation (Riverbank vs RCDA)
The decision on the RCDA motion to dissolve Lis Pendens heard in the New Haven superior court at the end of February is still pending. A motion to reargue that matter filed by counsel for River Bank was denied. Counsel for RCDA has motions pending with respect to River Bank
s pleadings and the pleading process continues with the goal of RCDA filing a motion for summary judgment this summer. There have been no recent overtures from River Bank with respect to settlement.

b)    Status of MOA with City 

RCDA continues to work with the city law director and the mayors office to finalize the terms of a follow on to addendum 1 to the memorandum of agreement with the city first to document the interim arrangements made for the first two quarters of calendar 2017 and then to document arrangements moving forward for fiscal year 2017-2018.

8)   Other Business

      Mayor Passero reported that George Regan (owner of Quinn and Harry) got Boston Globe to interview Mayor and was included in an article in that paper that announced that the Mayor will be invited to Boston to meet potential investors for the city.

Gail Schwenker Mayer offered to organize a collection from board members for the Community Meal program.

9)   Next Meeting

a)    Board of Directors June 14, 2017 @ 5:30 at RCDA Building.

10) Adjournment. 

a)    Moved at 8:26 by Chap Hanley, second by Dave Crocker  2nd

 

 

Minutes of the RCDA  Annual Meeting April 20, 2017 at Conference Center

Fort Trumbull

Attending:

Board Members
    Reid Burdick, Nick Caplanson, Mark Christiansen, Jan Christiansen, Bill Cornish, Ed DeMuzzio,
    Paul Geraghty, David Goebel, Charles Hanley, Linda Mariani, Barbara Neff, Andy Russell, Gail Schwenker Mayer, Jerry       Sinnamon, David Topkin
Staff
    Peter Davis, Frank McLaughlin, Jenny Wronowski, Karl-Erik Sternlof
Other Members and Guests
    List attached

1)    President Mariani acknowledged a quorum and called the meeting to order at 5:33.
2)    Secretary Russell presented the slate of new members (list attached) and moved their acceptance, second Mark Christinsen. Unanimous.
3)    Secretary Russell moved the election of Board of Directors (slate attached), second Gail Schwenker Mayer. Unanimous
4)    Mark Christiansen moved to convene a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors, second Steve Percy. Unanimous
5)    Secretary Russell moved the slate of officers (attached), second Mark Christiansen. Unanimous
6)    Andy Russell moved the slate of directors for the class of 2020 (slate attached), second Steve Percy. Unanimous.
7)    Mark Christiansen moved to close the Special Meeting of the Board of Directors, second Ed DeMuzzio. Unanimous
8)    Financial Report – Treasurer Gail Schwenker Mayer

a)     Report attached
9)    Bylaws revision – Jerry Sinnamon

a)    David Topkin moved that the one year requirement to be elected to the board could be waived if two thirds of the members of the board approved the waiver. Second by Mark Christiansen. By a show of hands the motion was defeated.

b)    Jerry Sinnamon moved the recommendation of the Board of Directors to accept the proposed changes, second Chap Hanley. Unanimous
10) Presentation of Projects- Peter Davis

a)     President received $5,000 sponsorship check from Dime Bank.

b)    Mr. Davis recognized Mariani, Reck and Lane also as a $5,000 Sponsor

c)     Jayesh Patel presented a signed copy of the development agreement for a hotel on Parcel One. President Mariani counter signed.

d)    A Power point presentation of the progress being made on Parcels 5C 1and2 by New London County Realty and Parcel 4A with Aqua Farms and Parcel J by AR Builders was displayed.
11) Motion to adjourn by Andy Russell, second by Nick Caplanson at 6:??
12) Next Meeting

a)       Executive Committee at 7:30 on May 19, 2017.

Respectfully submitted
Frank McLaughlin
Assistant Executive Director

 

Minutes of April 20 2017 Board Meeting

Attending:
Board Members
    Reid Burdick, Nick Caplanson, Mark Christiansen, Jan Christiansen, Bill Cornish, Ed DeMuzzio,
    Paul Geraghty, David Goebel, Charles Hanley, Barbara Neff, Andy Russell, Gail Schwenker Mayer, Jerry Sinnamon, David Topkin
Staff
    Peter Davis, Frank McLaughlin, Jenny Wronowski, Karl Erik Sternlof
 

1)    President Mariani acknowledged a quorum and called the meeting to order at 4:40 PM
 

2)    Minutes of meeting of March 17

a)     Moved for acceptance, Mark Christiansen, 2nd Jerry Sinnamon. Unanimous.
 

3)    Financial Report –

a)     Will be reported at Annual Meeting
 

4)    President’s Report –

a)     Will Be reported at Annual Meeting

 

5)    Executive Director’s Report – Peter Davis

a)     Will Be reported at Annual Meeting

 

6)    Real Estate Committee – Paul Geraghty

a)     Will Be reported at Annual Meeting

 

7)    Assistant Director’s Report – Frank McLaughlin

a)     LRSH

i)      We have received an offer from Drop-in Learning Center

(1)   We are waiting for a letter from their bank to confirm their ability to obtain 100% financing.

ii)     We may be receiving another offer from SCRRRA.

b)    Martin Center

i)      Nothing new to report.

c)     Web site

i)      The site is more active than we anticipated. We will be investing a little more money and time to take full advantage and to support our sponsors.

d)    Sponsorship program

i)      We will be devoting considerable time and energy to obtaining them.

e)    Requests from other organizations to RCDA for funding.

i)      Brigaid/ Dan Giusti request

ii)     Main Street Request

iii)    Moved by Reid Burdick, 2nd by Mark Christiansen that no charitable contributions will be made since we are, in fact, a non-profit.  Unanimous.

iv)    McLaughlin will share such requests with membership so that, if they want, they can contribute privately.
 

8)    Marketing Committee – Mark Christiansen

i)      Will report at Annual meeting.
 

9)    Bylaws revision – Jerry Sinnamon

i)      Jerry Sinnamon reviewed changes that were proposed by the bylaws committee.

ii)     Jerry Sinnamon moved that the changes in the bylaws be recommended for approval to the members at the annual meeting. 2nd by Mark Christiansen.  Unanimous
 

10) Attorney Karl-Erik Sternlof

a)     Status of Litigation (Riverbank vs RCDA):

i)      RCDA’s motion to dissolve the lis pendens filed as a lien against the MDP parcels at issue was heard by the Superior Court in late February and we are waiting for the Judge’s written opinion. We are filing additional motions in preparation for the filing of a motion for summary judgment.

b)    Status of MOA with City:

i)      RCDA has circulated drafts of additional Addenda to the 2016 Memorandum of Agreement with the City relative to calendar year 2017 funding and is in communication with City, theMayor’s office and the City law department regarding funding arrangements through June 30, 2017 and for the municipal fiscal year of 2017-2018.
 

11) Next Meeting

a)     Annual Meeting today at 5:30 PM here.

Mark Christiansen moved to adjourn at 4:53PM.  Jerry Sinnamon second.

 

 

Executive Committee of the RCDA Board of Directors
Minutes of Meeting at 7:30 AM, March 17, 2017

There being a quorum the Meeting was called to order at 7:33 AM by First Vice-President Mark Christiansen standing in for President Linda Mariani who is traveling.

Roll was called and guests were introduced and recognized.

Attending:
Board Members
    Reid Burdick, Marty Berliner, Nick Caplanson, Mark Christiansen, Bill Cornish, Dave Crocker, Chap Hanley, Barbara Neff, Andy Russell, Gail Schwenker-Mayer, Jerry Sinnamon, David Topkin,
Members
     Marty Olsen
Staff
    Peter Davis, Frank McLaughlin, Karl-Erik Sternlof
Liaisons and Guests
     Tammy Daugherty (ODP), Mayor Michael Passero

The minutes of the Feb 17, 2017 meeting were presented with motion made to accept by Reid Burdick, second Jerry Sinnamon. Corrections to be made:

·         Need names of attendees

                AED McLaughlin said he can reconstruct

·         Motion to approve minutes of previous meeting made by Reid Burdick, secondJerry Sinnamon; Unanimous

·         Motion to adjourn by acclimation
 

1)     Financial Report – GailSchwenker-Mayer

a)     Report attached.
 

2)     President’s Report –

1)     First VP Christiansen called on Second Vice President Jerry Sinnamon to report on the activity of the Bylaws revision committee.

2)     The committee is drafting the following changes which will be submitted to the Board for comment prior to being presented to the Board for approval at the meeting on April 20th.

i)      Language updated to present tense.

ii)     Coincide the RCDA fiscal year with that of the city.

iii)    To be considered for the Board a candidate must be a member in good standing of RCDA for one year.

iv)    Incorporate/describe Board responsibilities
 

3)     Executive Director’s Report – Peter Davis

a)     Attached

b)    In addition, we plan to contact DEEP and Commissioner Klee to review the master plan for Fort Trumbull and have the limit on number of housing units removed or increased.

c)     In the absence of the Real Estate Committee Chairman Mr. Davis discussed:

i)      Aquafarms proposal

(1)   The Real Estate Committee approved taking further steps towards a letter of agreement. By acclimation the Executive Committee authorized staff to proceed.

ii)     Hotel proposed for parcel one

(1)   If developer is ready to proceed towards a commitment to negotiate and Preferred Developer designation the matter will be placed on the April Board meeting for consideration.

 

4)     Assistant Director’s Report – Frank McLaughlin

a)     Resolution Authorizing Credit Card. Second VP Jerry Sinnamon moved for approval and that the $500 limit be increased to $1,000 ; Gail Schwenker-Mayer second. Unanimous except that Assistant Treasurer Nick Caplanson recused himself because he is President of Dime Bank which will be the credit card provider.

b)     Web site has more activity than we anticipated. We will provide a monthly traffic report.

c)     Sponsorship program is on hold until we have the Annual meeting organized.

d)     Harbor Management Plan RFQ received and quote is affordable. Staff will meet with Ct. Port Authority to secure funding then proceed with the New London Port Authority to work on drafting the plan .

e)     See report to City Council, Attached.
 

5)     Attorney Karl-Erik Sternlof

a)     Status of Litigation (Riverbank vs RCDA)

i)      At a recent hearing our attorneys moved to lift the Lis Pendens placed by Riverbank. Judge said she would provide a written decision. Chances of having it lifted are limited.  Counsel will provide a memo to board after decision.

b)     Status of MOA with City.

i)      Draft revision is being circulated dealing with 6 month transition period.

c)     Regarding agreement with New London County Realty on Parcels 5 C 1& 2 comments from NLCRE to be resolved; they need to have their council move toward finalization.

d)     Parcel J draft agreement has been prepared only a couple of business issues remain but no deal breakers.

 

6)     Other Business

a)     ODP Director Tammy Daugherty reported that she would be meeting with Art Costa regarding the AquaFarms Proposal. Mark Christiansen requested that a report come back to RCDA.

b)     Ms Daugherty also reported that she is waiting for the outcome of a study to provide metered parking and bicycle lanes on the Howard Street corridor.

 

7)     Next Meeting

a)     Board meeting on Thursday April 20 at 4:30PM followed by Annual Meeting at 5:30 PM at Fort Trumbull Conference Center.
 

8)     Adjournment, by acclamation

REPORTS FOLLOW BELOW

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

February 2017

PROJECT UPDATES

·         RCDA

1)      Parcels 5C 1-2;  RCDA Counsel and the Executive Director completed and delivered a draft Development Agreement to New London County Realty, LLC the first week of February. We are currently working through the draft with NLCR with a target date of consensus in early March.    

Environmental Remediation;  Due to weather, work has ceased. 

LOMA;  Staff will be requesting authorization from the Executive Board to submit a Letter of Map Amendment to FEMA. The purpose of the application is to facilitate a modification of the current 100 year floodplain elevation. As a result of remediation requirements,  fill placement will remove areas of the parcel from the 100 year floodplain.   This is very similar to what occurred on parcels that were subject to remediation in the Fort. All costs of the work associated with the application are being borne by the potential developer.

L&M Parcel;  L&M and Yale Hospital are still in favor of negotiating the parcel swap with RCDA. Representatives of New London County Realty, LLC have advised us that they have met with L&M staff and discussed a preliminary plan to advance the land swap. The current draft Development Agreement addresses a method of facilitating the land swap between the parties and is under negotiation.        

2)      Parcel 4A;   Phase I Environmental Reports from GEI have been forwarded to the City. GEI has notified RCDA staff that they will resume testing as soon as the weather permits. We have entered in to discussions with a possible developer and forwarded sample RCDA documents at their request. They requested permission to have their engineering firm visit the property last week. We are not at liberty to discuss the potential development at this time, but will provide an update as soon as we are able.   

     3)      Parcel 1;  Discussions with the potential hotel developer have been very positive. A meeting with the City Assessor to discuss taxation issues went very well. Details are yet to be worked out, but the overall impression is that the City welcomes the opportunity to work towards asatisfactory resolution. RCDA staff facilitated a meeting with the hotel developer and a representative from EB. EB expressed the current and growing need for appropriate meeting and conference space. The Patel’s were very encouraged by what they heard. We are in the process of scheduling a similar meeting with representatives from Yale/L&M.

4)      Website/Marketing/Logo:   The Marketing Committee has been working on a program to promote our organization as well as the City. The Chair will further report out on this item. 

6)    Zoning Map & Zoning Text Amendment Applications:  RCDA staff will appear at the P&Z  Hearings this evening. 

                  1)      Parcel J, Shaw’s Cove;  RCDA staff met with the developer on February 11th. A draft contract is being prepared for distribution/review.  

2)      Little Red School House; Ned Hammond was recently contacted by an interested party. The property will be shown through our Broker.  

3)      Martin Center; No recent activity                

4)      Harbor Management Plan;  An RFP/RFQ  for the creation of the plan has been forwarded to a targeted mailing list which was created in cooperation with the State Port Authority. The response date for submissions is March 16.

5)      Plan of Conservation and Development;  RCDA staff continues to provide technical support to ODP staff and P&Z. 

Assistant Directors Report, February  2017

Clinical Day Care (Little Red School House)

Inquires continue but no written offers. Most Recently SCARRA the regional waste management authority which leases office in Gales Ferry wants to purchase a permanent facility. They are a nonprofit Authority so structuring a deal to our financial benefit will be a challenge.

Hindering a sale is the perceived high asking price (200K) and high taxes 9(K) Most prospects see a great deal of work to reconfigure the space to their needs. We see no reason to adjust the price now until we know what a potential buyer’s needs are.

Martin Center

Several established, knowledgeable developers have thoroughly investigated the Center with their development teams and declared no interest without major support from the city in the form of an extremely low purchase price and tax abatements well into the future.

The city’s executive team is looking in to other options for the center.

www.RCDA.CO or www.DiscoverNewLondon.com

We have discovered that our site is getting more viewers than anticipated (about 3,000 page views per month) and therefore we should up our game. We use a service called SquareSpace. For $12.00 a month we get 20 pages which we’ve maxed out. To support the developments that will be coming on line and other activities we will need more pages . For $18.00 per month we can get unlimited pages. I recommend doing this. Also, since their payment system is credit card based I recommend we open a company credit card since we often charge items at Staples and other suppliers. I urge you to look at the web site and give me any ideas or recommendations to improve or expand the site.

 

 

 

 

Minutes of January 13 Executive

Committee Meeting

Attending
Executive Committee
    Linda Mariani, President
    Mark Christiansen, 1st Vice President
    Andrew Russell, Secretary
    Jerry Sinnamon, 2nd Vice President
    Gail Schwenker–Mayer, Treasure
    Nicholas Caplanson, Deputy Tres.      
Board of Directors
    Martin Berliner
    Bill Cornish  
    David Crocker
    Chap Hanley  
    Barbara Neff
    Reid Burdick
Liaisons
    Michael Passero, Mayor, City of New London             
RCDAStaff and Consultants
    Peter Davis, Executive Director
    Frank McLaughlin, Assistant Executive Director
    Jenny Wronowski. Fiscal/Project Manager
    Hugh Schnip

Members andGuests
    Cheryl Schwartz
    Jeff Davis

1) There being a quorum the meeting was called to order at 7:33 AM
2) Approval of Minutes of meeting of December 15, 2016
a) Moved by Jerry Sinnamon, 2nd by Nick Caplanson; Unanimous
3) Financial Report - Gail Schwenker Mayer
a) Ms. Schwenker Mayer reported that year end reconciliations have not been completed, so we don't have the hard number yet.
b) Here are a few highlights -  Good news
i) 2016 finished under budget.
ii) The State/DECD approved our request to use $50,000 of project funds for 2017 Operating expenses. A revised budget has been sent to them and acknowledged. The official budget should be forthcoming and we will follow with a requisition of the funds.
iii) The outstanding 2016 MOU funds from the City of New London arrived at the end of December.
c) We signed a commitment letter for the 2016 audit with Doherty, Beals and Banks CPA and hopefully will be more timely getting this started and completed, goal is by end of March.
4) President’s Report – Linda Mariani
a) L&M land swap and zone map amendment application;
i) Land Swap; L& M is still favorable to the land swap, potentially as part of the development agreement with Tagliatelle’sfor 5C 1&2 . We did however clarify that RCDA was still the contact point for any discussions/negotiations now.  
ii) Zone Map Amendment application; We met with and conducted a conference call with L&M and Yale Hospital officials on January 3rd.  We were successful in obtaining written support from both entities for a zone map amendment application. RCDA staff submitted the map amendment as well as a text amendment application on January 6th to the City.  The public hearing is scheduled for February 16th @ 7:00 P.M. at City Hall in Council Chambers.  Executive Director Davis will report out on the details of the applications as part of his report.
b) Design Review Committee; In light of the fact that we have two potential developments on the horizon, we need to re-establish the Design Review Committee. In accordance with our by-laws the committee makeup is required to be as follows:  An RCDA Board Member, an RCDA staff member, a City Council member, a City staff member and a local architect retained by RCDA. Council President Nolan has already been contacted relative to a Council member to be appointed and ODP will be contacted to designate a City employee. I believe that we already have an architect on retainer, but will confirm.   Suggestion for a Board member is Dave Crocker.
c) By-Laws Committee; The Committee has been formed and consists of  myself, Jerry Sinnamon and Paul Geraghty.  I’m designating Jerry Sinnamon as Chair. Any by-laws that members feel should be reviewed…forward tostaff to include on agenda.
d) Quinn & Hary contract renewal; The Marketing Committee has informed Quinn & Hary that they would like to explore creating a PR Campaign for 2017.  To date, we have not had a response to this request. We are currently on a month-to-month contract (terminating this month), with a 90 day notice to terminate clause.  This ties us to Quinn & Hary through April. Accordingly, staff is recommending that we send the required Notice to Terminate this month. If we decide to proceed with them for a PR Campaign, we can negotiate a contract specific to those services. 
A. Staff unused vacation:  Per section 3c of our employment contract which allows for the transfer unused vacation time from to 2016 to 2017 may be accumulated with the consent of the corporation. Moved by Bill Cornish second Mark Christiansen; Unanimous
B. Nominations to Board at the Annual Meeting in April
A. Prospects
(1) Barry Neistat
(2) John Johnson
(3) Jeff Davis
5) Executive Director’s Report – Peter Davis
a) Attached hereto.
6) Assistant Director’s Report – Frank McLaughlin
a) New London Port Authority
i) Waiting for Bonding Authority and funding from CT Port Authority(CAP) to publish an RFP to firms that prepare Harbor Management Plans.
b) LRSH/Critical Day Care
c) “tire kickers” but no written offers.
i) Waiting to hear from the city’s Public Works Department to determine if they can use the space.
d) Martin Center
i) Several established developers have looked at the property and concluded that it is not possible/practical to redevelop profitably.
e) Logo on Building and Web site
i) The new logo
ii)  Will be placed on the front of the building and throughout the web site. Further “branding” will be undertaken by the marketing committee.
7) Marketing Committee – Mark Christiansen
a) Status of Q&H and plans going forward are under review. See other comments in these minutes.
8) Next Meeting: The full Board on Thursday February 16 at 5:30 PM at RCDA Building.
9) Adjournment at 8:12 moved by Mark Christiansen, second Dave Crocker

 Next Meeting: The full Board on Thursday February 16 at 5:30 PM at RCDA Building.


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

November 2016

PROJECT UPDATES

* RCDA

1) Parcels 5C 1-2;  RCDA Counsel and the Executive Director are working with New London County Realty, LLC towards the completion of a draft development agreement. We expect that the document will be executed within 30 days.   

Environmental Remediation;  Site work was initiated on October 18th and the contractor has been working diligently. The required work within the area of the tidal ditch is complete as well as the access road. The weather was favorable through December, so the contractor has completed a portion of the “landfill” closure work. We met with the contractor, DEEP staff and our Environmental Consultant in early December and discussed the process to submit an “Environmental Engineering Variance” application,  in order to modify the remediation plan to accommodate residential uses. GEI and the contractor have initiated that process and we expect approval before spring. Multiple site inspections have been conducted. Our Environmental Consultant (GEI)and DEEP are very pleased with the work to date.
   
2) L&M Parcel;  L&M and Yale Hospital are still in favor of negotiating the parcel swap with RCDA. Representatives of New London County Realty, LLC have advised us that they have met with L&M staff and discussed a preliminary plan to advance the land swap. As the parties move towards a draft development agreement, this matter will be incorporated in our discussions/negotiations.        

3) Parcel 4A;   Environmental Reports from GEI have been forwarded to the City. The City has informed us that there are still limited discussions with the owner of the light manufacturing business that may be interested in a portion of this parcel. 

4) Parcel 1;  The potential hotel developer has submitted a “Statement of Interest” and formally presented to the Real Estate Committee. The Real Estate Committee charged staff and Counsel to discuss preliminary issues identified during the presentation. A meeting with the Mayor and other city staff was held on January 4th to discuss potential tax abatement programs that may assist in facilitating the project. The Mayor has instructed City staff and Counsel to meet with the Assessor about options and report back to the group.  RCDA staff is in the process of scheduling meetings with other community partners such as EB, Yale & L&MHospital and the Executive Director of the State Port Authority for conversations about future plans. This information will be valuable to the potential developer relative to his marketing and feasibility analysis. 

5) Website/Marketing/Logo:   The Marketing Committee was successful in completing the process to create a new logo.

6)    Zoning Map & Zoning Text Amendment Applications:  RCDA has submitted applications for         
       zoning map and text amendments to the City for Parcel J, Parcels 5C 1&2, the L&M parcels   
on Howard Street and privately owned parcels on Hamilton & Shaw Streets.  It is noted, that the City is a party to the application and all private property owners have provided letters of support. An explanation of the purpose and content of the applications is attached to this report. 
  
 7)   New London Seafood: New London Seafood has been occupying a portion of Parcel 1 for several years, under a month-to-month “License to    Occupy”. The original terms of   the agreement stipulated a monthly fee of $800, of which only 50% ($400 per month) was paid. The matter   has been discussed with Counsel and President Mariani and staff has recommended, that New London Seafood be notified that the “License   to Occupy” is now subject to re-negotiation, including the monthly fee. An update will be presented at the next Executive Committee    meeting.     
                        


CERTIFICATE
I, Andy Russell, Secretary of the Renaissance City Development Association, do hereby certify the above resolution was adopted at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Renaissance City Development Association held on May 25, 2016 and that the said resolution is contained in the minutes of said meeting on file in the RCDA office at 216 Howard Street, New London, Connecticut, and that it has not been modified nor rescinded whatsoever.

ATTEST

_______________________    ___________________
Andy Russell       Date
Secretary

RCDA
New London’s Development Corporation
www.RCDA.CO