GT to lay off 2/5 of global workforce

first_imgGT to lay off 2/5 of global workforceGT Advanced Technologies has released details of a restructuring plan which will include reducing its workforce by an estimated 40%. The company aims to return from bankruptcy in the first quarter of 2016. September 1, 2015 Christian Roselund Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share GT Advanced Technologies has fallen a long ways from its high as a PV equipment and sapphire technology leader. Following a major deal gone wrong with Apple, GT filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy last October. Last month long-time CEO Tom Gutierrez resigned, and now the company has announced major reductions to operations in an attempt to restructure.GT plans to refocus on core businesses spanning sapphire and PV equipment. This includes its polysilicon business, DSS crystal growth furnaces, and the commercialization of its Merlin PV cell interconnection technology, stating that it expects a rebound in solar equipment spending over the next two years.GT also says that it is looking at its other businesses to “assess their strategic importance to the company’s operations” after it exits bankruptcy. Along the way, the company expects to reduce operating expenses by 40% by laying off 2/5 of its global workforce, which it says will impact all locations and functions of its business.In July, GT announced that it had secured a US$ 95 million debtor-in-possession term loan facility. The company hopes to emerge from bankruptcy in the first quarter of 2016.This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. 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Madagascar targets to add 300MW by 2019

first_img BRICS Featured image: Stock UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector center_img Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Previous articleNorthern Cape wind farms connect to Eskom gridNext articleNERSA moves ahead with formal investigations Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Last week, Siemens signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Madagascar to cooperate and identify measures that will fast-track power generation in the country and work toward increasing capacity by an additional 300MW by 2019.According to a company statement, the agreement was signed together with project partners and in the presence of Günter Nooke, the German chancellor’s personal representative for Africa and the German ambassador to Madagascar, Harald Gehrig, in the Ministry of Water, Energy and Hydrocarbons.New power generation sourcesOther key aspects of the MoU include an assessment of the electrical grid based on the new power generation sources; applying financing concepts that will ensure the long-term sustainability of these infrastructure initiatives; and creating opportunities for local up-skilling and job creation during construction and operation.Currently, Madagascar has 676MW of installed generation capacity and it is estimated that access to electricity is around 20%. Opportunities exist to increase the installed capacity through hydropower and explore oil reserves to meet the targets set by government, the statement noted.“The primary goal of this agreement is to increase national power generating capacity and to connect the local population to the power grid,” said Sabine Dall’Omo, Siemens CEO for Southern and Eastern Africa.“A reliable and extensive power supply system is the fundamental prerequisite for economic growth. We are a company that invests for the long-term, and the opportunity for industrialisation in Africa is now. With the right partner Africa’s economies can develop to their full potential, ” Dall’Omo added.“Improving the country’s energy mix will strengthen the well-established agriculture and mining industry and emerging tourism, textile industries,” Dall’Omo said.Short-term initiativesUnder this treaty, one of the short-term initiatives is the installation of a Siemens 44MW aero-derivative gas turbine (SGT-A45) for mobile power generation in Antananarivo. This unit is packaged for rapid deployment and can be installed in less than two weeks, the company said.It is particularly beneficial for urgent power needs or in regions with less developed infrastructure making it ideal for Madagascar, the company highlighted. Read more…last_img read more

Stagecoach NE appoints new Assistant Operations Manager

first_imgMelanie Keylock has been welcomed on board at Stagecoach North East’s Stockton depot as Assistant Operations Manager.Melanie joins Stagecoach NE as part of the its Graduate Training ProgrammeMelanie joins the team as part of the company’s Graduate Training Programme, where she has just started her second year in training.She says: “I really liked the look of the Stagecoach graduate scheme and have enjoyed my first year.Melanie will oversee the daily running of the depot as she progresses with her training and development, while receiving support from a dedicated mentor.She spent the first year of her training based in Stagecoach West in Gloucester, where she worked within different departments at various depots, and obtained her PCV licence.After studying law with a view to becoming a lawyer and spending some time in the industry, Melanie decided that it wasn’t really the career for her.She adds: “Of all the areas covered by the two-year course, I find the commercial side the most interesting. Seeing a new bus route develop from inception, design and construction to a fully serviced route, is really satisfying.”last_img read more

The Who Forced To Postpone North American Tour

first_imgAfter delivering a crushing set at this year’s Jazz Fest, The Who have announced that they have to postpone the next three dates of their The Who Hits 50! tour. Roger Daltrey is reportedly battling swollen vocal cords and was advised to remain on vocal rest for the week.The scheduled performances that will be affected are Kansas City, St. Louis and Louisville. Rescheduled show dates will be announced shortly and we’ll be sure to keep you posted. Tickets for the postponed shows will be honored on the new dates.The Who is still scheduled to hit Queens’ Forest Hills Stadium on May 30th. Check out a clip from their Jazz Fest Weekend One Saturday closing set.last_img read more

Colorado Symphony Performs “Ode To Joy” Remotely [Watch]

first_imgAs musicians around the world grapple with how to keep the music going during uncertain times brought on by the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Colorado Symphony has raised the bar. As four-piece rock bands meet up for remote live streams, and songwriters debut new music from their living rooms, 49 members of the Colorado Symphony logged into Skype to perform Ludwig Van Beethoven‘s “Ode To Joy” from Symphony No. 9.While the video appears to show all of the members playing simultaneously, each musician actually recorded his or her own part separately to send off for post-production mixing. The resulting clip showcases the full force of the Colorado Symphony, playing a song that the ensemble had planned for a now-canceled celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. While that is unfortunate, this video provides something that an in-person concert never could: a look into the homes of symphony musicians. This allows viewers and listeners alike to see past the prim-and-proper image of the symphony members and see what really makes that tick. From the oboist with a framed picture of Princess Leia from Star Wars, a cellist with a parakeet on his arm, the french horn player with a Flaming Lips poster, or the trumpeter who just put up a green screen background of mountains.Watch the Colorado Symphony remotely perform Beethoven’s “Ode To Joy” via Skype.Colorado Symphony – “Ode To Joy”[Video: Colorado Symphony]After the song is over, concert master Yumi Hwang-Williams delivers a personal message to all of the fans and supporters of the Colorado Symphony. She acknowledges the difficult times facing the entire world, as well as the music industry, and invites fans to join in celebration of Beethoven at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on July 26th with the full symphony.“Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is an ode to humanity, to peace over desperation, to universal kinship and, of course, to joy,” the video’s description notes.” We hope that this small tribute stands as a reminder that community is powerful and together, despite the anxiety and separation, we will come back stronger than before.”Stay tuned to the Colorado Symphony’s website for updates on canceled and rescheduled shows.last_img read more

Fort Lee Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here

first_imgIntroductionReady to keep your heavy winter gear packed away for most of the year? When you and your family make a PCS move to Fort Lee, Virginia, you can do just that! This installation — home of the Combined Arms Support Command — is in Prince George County, Virginia, a rural area about 45 minutes south of Richmond. The area is known for its hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters so packing the right clothing and gear is a breeze. Suggested Read: Fort Lee Virginia: In-Depth Welcome CenterWeather HazardsBecause climate conditions can sometimes become dangerous at Fort Lee, hurricane warnings, other weather alerts, and any weather-related post closures, will be communicated through the Alert! Mass Warning Notification System. Register with the Alert! System to receive email, text messages, and phone alerts at work or home when the installation is experiencing an emergency or serious incident.The following are examples of what you can expect each season:SpringHigh temps: Low 60s to upper 70sLow temps: Low 40s to mid 50sA mix of sun and rain ensures flowers will be blooming in the region. It’s the perfect time of year to visit Dutch Gap and see the birth of new wildlife and enjoy the wetlands surrounding the conservation area. Layers will help you stay comfortable as temperatures fluctuate from chilly in the morning and evening to downright warm in the afternoons. Expect a fair amount of rain in spring with around 46 inches falling annually. High winds and thunderstorms can be a concern from spring into summer when hurricane season begins.SummerHigh temps: Low 80s to low 90sLow temps: Low to upper 60sThings get a bit warmer once summer rolls around. The wet season begins at the beginning of May and lasts until the end of August, creating a muggy mix of heat and humidity. Take the short trip over to Pocahontas State Park to cool off in one of the small lakes or the aquatic center. There’s also boating, camping, 90 miles of hiking and fishing to take your mind off the heat. Dress for the hot weather with lightweight fabrics, hats for shade and ensure you reapply sunscreen, especially on cloudy days.FallHigh temps: Low 60s to mid 80sLow temps: Low 40s to mid 60sRelief comes in the fall, with lower (but still warm) temps and far less humidity. Outdoor activities abound during this season. Mornings and evenings call for layers that can be easily shed during those sporadic spikes in temps. Cloud coverage remains present, and the chance of a hurricane is prevalent during September but can occur any time from June through November. Stay prepared by signing up for alerts from Ready Virginia, having a shelter plan in place, and keeping an emergency preparedness kit handy.WinterHigh temps: High 40s to low 60sLow temps: Mid 30s to high 40sWinter and cold weather will sweep through this area quickly and, before you know it, it’ll be warm again. Rainfall is a common occurrence but luckily temperatures rarely fall below freezing. Snowfall is also very rare and you’ll usually be comfortable wearing a cozy sweater or a wool coat while outdoors. The mild winter temperatures mean outdoor sports and activities are actually enjoyable. There are tons of places to ski, ice skate or go sledding, just a short drive away from Fort Lee.Field and Training Expectations Year-roundSoldiers at Fort Lee can expect to train in a variety of weather conditions. Therefore, a range of uniforms and clothing are important to remain healthy and effective. It’s important to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the dangerous effects of too much heat and sun, such as sunburn, heat exhaustion, and heat/sun stroke. If you’re feeling any negative effects from the weather, find some shade immediately, drink water (slowly) and try to cool off.ConclusionWith proper planning and preparation, you’ll be ready for any type of weather you encounter in your new home. Use our tips listed above and check the installation’s Facebook and Twitter pages to stay on top of anything headed your way while living at Fort Lee. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.last_img read more

First Look! New Road Tubeless Wheelsets, Rims from Stans NoTubes!

first_imgAlpha 340 TeamAmerican Classic Micro 24h frontAmerican Classic 28h standard rear.Target weight of 1310gMSRP $900 Alpha 340 CompZTR 28h front hubZTR 32h rearTarget weight of 1415gMSRP $615 Three different wheelsets will be offered at different weights and price points:Alpha 340 ProAmerican Classic Micro 18h front hubAmerican Classic 24h Hi-Lo rear hub (16 drive, 8 non-drive).Radially laced front, 3x-radial rear.Black Aerolite spokes with silver alloy DT nipples.Claimed weight of 1200gMSRP $1100Includes our padded double wheel bag. Basic specs on the Alpha 340 ZTR rims include:tubeless compatible with two layers of our 21mm yellow tape and the Alpha 44mm valverims weigh approximately 350g17mm inside width for better tire stability, particularly for tubeless cyclocross userims available in 28h and 32h to start, black only, machined sidewall, sleeved rim jointcenter_img UPDATE #1: The “Team” model is Stan’s recommendation for cyclocross, because we know you were already thinking about it.UPDATE #2: Pro sets are available in very limited quantity right now.  Team and Comp should be June/July timeframe.More info and photos are rolling in, keep a tab open on your browser and put that Refresh button to work. Here’s your first almost-complete look at Stan’s NoTubes forthcoming road tubeless wheelsets, which as many have suspected will use American Classic hubs laced to their lightweight ~350g Alpha 340 ZTR road rim.Using the same inside rim cavity design as their mountain bike rims, the Stan’s NoTubes road wheels are tubeless compatible and will work with the current offerings from Hutchinson, Bontrager, etc., using Stan’s yellow rim tape and valve.  If you’re not overly familiar with what makes Stan’s NoTubes rims different and special, we have a full tech rundown and interview with Stan here, and a road tubeless tire tech rundown from Hutchinson here.UPDATED! More photos and info after the break!Check after the break for the “quick and dirty” specs, pricing and weights from Mike at NoTubes…last_img read more

Public/private partnership to comprehensively redevelop downtown Burlington mall for $200 million

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Burlington’s downtown mall, Church Street, the transit center and surrounding streets will get a $200 million makeover, which will include a rooftop park and access between streets that was lost when the mall was first built in 1976. The plan also includes 250 apartment spaces, a convention center/hotel, more retail and more parking. Mayor Miro Weinberger and new Burlington Town Center (BTC) owner Don Sinex, Managing Partner of Devonwood Investors, LLC, on Thursday were joined by Governor Peter Shumlin to announce a partnership to comprehensively redevelop the downtown mall consistent with the planBTV Downtown & Waterfront Master Plan.According to the mayor’s office, the Administration and Sinex will negotiate a development agreement through a transparent, public process. An investment of more than $200 million in new retail, office space, housing, and public spaces would create new jobs, grow state and local revenues, restore public north-south pedestrian and bike connections through the mall along the St Paul Street and Pine Street corridors, create a dramatic new roof-top park between Church Street and Macy’s, revitalize Bank and Cherry streets and the surrounding downtown, and complement the City’s new multi-modal transit center with one of Vermont’s first transit-oriented developments. The project once fully completed is expected to generate $450 million in economic activity. Assuming the project gets approved by the City Council, in a process that could take about six months, the development of the project would take another three to five years, putting the completed redevelopment in 2020.At Thursday’s announcement in the mall beside the new LL Bean store, Weinberger stated: “Over the course of 2012 and 2013, the thousands of Burlingtonians who helped create planBTV identified major redevelopment of the Burlington Town Center mall as one of the top goals for the downtown for the coming decades. I am excited that, just one year later, Don Sinex has stepped forward with a creative, public-private redevelopment concept that implements the planBTV vision of additional downtown housing and jobs, restored pedestrian and bike connectivity, and greater vibrancy on Bank and Cherry streets. I look forward to working with the public and Mr. Sinex in the months and years ahead to review and refine the concept and together make it a reality.”Don Sinex speaks, while Mayor Weinberger (in open blue shirt and black suit) and Governor Shumlin and others listen. Courtesy photo.“With each step I take in the process of redeveloping the Burlington Town Center to create a dynamic mixed use, transit-oriented project, I include a focus on the needs and desires of the Burlington community,” said Sinex.  “I am counting on the public to offer impactful input and ideas that will help us achieve our goal of turning the mall inside out – of transforming one, often hidden space into a multitude of outward-facing shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, parks, and other open spaces.  My vision is to create a mall that offers something for everyone – local community members and out-of-town visitors looking to shop, dine, be entertained – and that brings jobs, revenue, and economic benefit to Burlington and to Vermont.  Like the Mayor, I believe that we’ll arrive at the best plan for BTC only by engaging in a transparent, public process that considers a wide range of community needs and ideas.”“This project shows how we can utilize innovative public-private partnerships to continue to strengthen Vermont’s downtowns,” said Governor Shumlin.  “Burlington is already a model for how downtown development can spur job growth, economic opportunity, and positive community engagement. Today’s announcement is just one more example of how Mayor Weinberger and his team are getting it right for Burlington and Vermont.”“The partnership announced today exemplifies the best qualities of 21st century downtown development,” said Speaker of the House Shap Smith in a statement, who was unable to attend the event. “I commend Mayor Weinberger and the development team for creating a public-private partnership that reflects the needs of Burlington to expand housing and commercial and retail space offerings.  I look forward to working together on this exciting economic development opportunity.”Fulfillment of Major planBTV Downtown & Waterfront Master Plan GoalsThe Burlington Town Center opened in 1976 under the name Burlington Square Mall in conjunction with 1960s-era urban renewal development. While the existing mall has been credited with expanding the retail base of our downtown, the mall has been a chronic underperformer and a barrier to north-south connectivity, and has precluded the growth of a vibrant street life on Bank and Cherry streets.  PlanBTV Downtown & Waterfront Master Plan, a community-based planning process that engaged thousands of Burlingtonians, outlines these deficiencies and identifies restoring connectivity of the urban grid and redevelopment of the mall as major planning priorities.  At page 108, planBTV “…suggests the addition of larger residential, mixed-use buildings by redeveloping underutilized parcels, essential for addressing citywide housing needs, reducing traffic congestion and parking demand, and supporting the continued vitality of our downtown economy.”  Sinex and a friend purchased the mall as equal partners from General Growth Properties in December 2013 and, shortly thereafter, Sinex purchased his partner’s interest in the mall to become the sole owner.Conceptual Project Plan for BTCSinex’s conceptual project plans include the complete transformation and rebuilding over time of the BTC, including three new buildings and a 1.5-acre public rooftop park.  The BTC plan responds to planBTV by adding downtown housing, improving pedestrian streetscapes and downtown connectivity, and utilizing strategic infill building opportunities.  The new mall concept plan would achieve the following:·         Housing consisting of more than 250 apartment units·         Retail space expansion of approximately 225,000 square feet (adding to the existing 125,000 square feet), including:o   Destination retailers, like LL Beano   A department storeo   Restaurantso   Entertainment venues·         Office space expansion of approximately 150,000 square feet (adding to the existing 35,000 square feet)·         A convention center-style hotel with 250 rooms and 40,000 square feet of convention, showroom, and business meeting space that could accommodate 5,000-person events and 1,000-person seated banquets·         A new underground garage with approximately 950 parking spaces (an additional 375 spaces)Sinex’s conceptual project plans will be evaluated by the City team and the community through a transparent, public process aimed at creating a development agreement between the City and Sinex.Community BenefitsSinex projects that the benefits a redeveloped BTC would bring to Burlington include:·         Growing more jobs in Burlingtono   300 temporary construction jobso   Between 1,000 and 1,600 permanent jobs·         Increasing housing, retail, and office space·         Enhancing downtown connectivity by reestablishing north-south pedestrian connections through the mall on St. Paul and Pine streets·         Complementing the City’s new multi-modal downtown transit center with a major transit-oriented development project·         Bringing vibrancy and activities to Cherry and Bank streets·         Serving as the potential winter home for Burlington Farmers’ Market·         Building useable public spaces and amenities, including:o   Rooftop public parkso   Other open spaceso   Increased garage parkingo   Galleriaso   Protected north-sound bike path under the mall·         Improving stormwater management·         Creating economic benefits for Burlington and Vermont, including:o   $6 million per year in new real estate tax revenueo   $9.25 million in sales tax revenue during constructiono   $7.2 million per year in additional sales tax revenueo   $2.4 million per year in hotel occupancy tax revenueo   $450 million per year in estimated economic activity (multiplier effect)Governor Shumlin, Mayor Weinberger, and Sinex were joined at the announcement by the following community and state leaders, who offered the following statements:·         Sue Minter, incoming Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation – “This is a very exciting redevelopment project that would complement nicely the investments that VTrans, the City of Burlington, and CCTA are making to construct a modern downtown transit center and set the stage for transit-oriented development in Burlington.  The mixed use aspects of the project design would support VTrans’ goal of creating more vital communities and sustainable transportation.”·         Greg Marchildon, State Director of AARP Vermont – “AARP is particularly excited to partner with the City and the development team to engage the citizens of Burlington in an important conversation about rebuilding the heart of the City to create a more walkable and livable downtown – a place that supports residents aging in place instead of moving out of the City.  We look forward to an open and transparent public process to advance the community-based vision of planBTV.”  (Director Marchildon was unable to attend the event and was represented by Kelly Stoddard Poor, Director of Outreach of AARP Vermont). ·         Tom Torti, President of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce – “As the home of the Vermont Convention Bureau and the organization charged with driving tourists, meetings, and conventions to Burlington, the Chamber supports the development of a modern, downtown convention center space as essential to the continued prominence of Burlington as a destination of choice for meeting planners and visitors.”·         Charlie Baker, Executive Director of Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission – “The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission is pleased to see a major property owner in Burlington put forth a proposed redevelopment plan that epitomizes smart growth and transit-oriented development right next to the CCTA’s transit center.  The project would help implement our regional ECOS Plan by addressing the significant housing needs our region faces, while expanding the pedestrian environment, increasing employment, and improving stormwater management.”·         Emily Boedecker, Executive Director of Local Motion – “This is game-changing placemaking at its best.  We all have been given a rare opportunity today to bring our best ideas to the table.  This re-development would increase the vibrancy of our downtown by creating a place where people want to get out of their cars to socialize and to shop, and where the experience invites them to return – soon and often!  More than just providing facilities for pedestrians and bikers to move through these downtown blocks, this project presents us with an opportunity to expand on the Church Street experience and transform the heart of our small City into a walking and biking destination.”·         Spencer Welton, Steering Committee President of Burlington Farmers’ Market – “We are excited to be included in the planning and design process for the redevelopment of the downtown mall.  It will be great to explore how the Burlington Farmers’ Market can participate in the transformation of our downtown as a more engaged and vibrant year-round, public marketplace.”·         William H. Truex, Jr., FAIA, former Chair of Burlington Planning Commission/Urban Renewal Agency and Co-Founder of Church Street Marketplace – “The closure of St. Paul and Pine streets 40 years ago was guided by Burlington’s urban renewal planning and had the goal of expanding and connecting the existing Downtown Business District with the lake and waterfront.  The success of the Church Street Marketplace has demonstrated the critical importance of active street edges and public spaces in creating dynamic, interconnected pedestrian districts.  The genius of the new Town Center concept lies in its potential fulfillment of the original goals of increasing the density and diversity of the downtown core land uses and expanding the downtown core west, towards the lake, by reasserting the essential role of an activated and connected public street framework.” ·         Kelly Devine, Executive Director of Burlington Business Association – “The Burlington Town Center development will have a lasting, positive effect on the heart of Burlington and the entire community.  The project would create expanded parking, new jobs, and additional retail opportunities that would bring significant direct and indirect economic benefits to Burlington.  This project represents just one part of a bright new future for Burlington’s downtown business district.  It is exciting when community members can shape and influence the future of our City.  The Burlington Business Association looks forward to being part of the dialogue that will help shape this significant project and move it forward.”·         City Council President Joan Shannon, Ward 5 – “While I am not generally known as the first person to stand up and cheer for new development, I offer my strong support for this project, which I believe would not only enhance our downtown, but also solve the biggest problems we have in our existing urban design.  The mall currently is a grand obstruction to our existing grid, preventing pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic from efficiently navigating our City.  Cherry and Bank streets are locked and impervious.  This proposed redevelopment would tear down the walls, reintegrate the north and south end, welcome pedestrians into new streetscapes and structures, and invite human, social, and economic interactions, shunned by our current built environment.”·         City Councilor Karen Paul, Ward 6 – “When I first learned of Don’s vision for our mall and the immense contributions this project would make to our downtown both in terms of economic development potential and exciting visual and human design, ‘transformational’ was the only word that could describe my reaction.  As a lifelong resident of Burlington, I have watched our mall – from the time it was built until today – lack a presence and languish in our otherwise vibrant downtown.   The conceptual design, inspired by the themes in our planBTV blueprint, incorporates an exciting streetscape, intelligent integration of walking and biking venues, plans for a strong retail element, as well as much needed housing – all of which would have significant impacts on Burlington today and well into the future.  The economic implications of this project are far-reaching and truly remarkable for our downtown and our City.”City Councilor Dave Hartnett, Ward 4 – “I am excited about the future of the mall.  Once the vision, complete with public input, becomes a reality, Burlington finally will have a complete downtown.  Members of our community and visitors to town would enjoy the Church Street Marketplace and the mall beyond.  A project like this would go a long way toward making sure we become a big part of the retail picture, and Black Friday and Small Business Saturday would be much brighter in years to come as people visit destination retailers like L.L. Bean and many other nearby shops.”City Councilor Max Tracy, Ward 2 – “As we get started with the public engagement process, it’s exciting to see so many elements of planBTV already embraced in the initial design concepts.  I am particularly excited to see green design, demonstrated by a green roof and improved stormwater treatment, as well as enhanced bike-ped connectivity, through restoration of the street grid on St. Paul and Pine, playing prominent roles from the beginning.”​Next StepsThe Administration expects the City Council to consider a resolution at one of its December meetings authorizing the Administration and Sinex to engage in a transparent, public process to reach a development agreement that will address public amenities, public infrastructure investment, project scale, and other key elements of the public-private partnership.  Upon passage of such a resolution, the Administration and Sinex immediately will be soliciting, receiving, and incorporating public input into their negotiations to create a development agreement as soon as possible.Renderings(link is external) prepared by Sinex’s architectural team from PKSB Architects, PC, Sherida E. Paulsen, FAIA, and William B. Fellows, AIA, including:·         Concept diagram showing new north-south pedestrian connections/arcades along St. Paul and Pine streets and east-west arcade connecting Church and Pine streets·         Exterior view of St. Paul Arcade looking north from Bank Street through mall·         Interior view of St. Paul Arcade looking north showing possible future home of winter Farmers’ Market·         View of Cherry Street Promenade looking west from L.L. Bean and Transit Center with enhanced street scape, green infrastructure, and street-oriented retail·         View of rooftop public park, café, and surrounding downtown housing looking northwestSource: Mayor’s office. 11.20.2014last_img read more