Share This Profile
Share this profile on Facebook.
Link to this profile on LinkedIn.
Tweet this profile on Twitter.
Email a link to this profile.
See other services through which you can share this profile.
This profile was last updated on 3/30/16  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Mr. Mark E. Baker

Wrong Mark E. Baker?

Director

Phone: (541) ***-****  HQ Phone
City-Centers.Com
476 Archie St
Eugene , Oregon 97402
United States

Company Description: We deliver traffic to your site by redirecting visitors from expired domain names to your website. Our visitors are the most effective shown on the internet today:...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • A.B. degree , History and Biochemistry
    Columbia College
  • J.D.
    Columbia University School of Law
148 Total References
Web References
City Center President ...
www.saratogian.com [cached]
City Center President Mark Baker has explained once again that his figures were revised from the earlier survey and that they showed the parking project to be absolutely financially viable.
...
Carl Walker took a snapshot of parking in Saratoga Springs during two weeks in May from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Baker said.
...
For his March 15 city council presentation, Saratoga Springs City Center Authority Parking Structure Project, Baker based his parking revenue analysis on 2012 figures.
...
The authority looked at the numbers day by day, month by month, event by event, Baker said.
The original revenue estimates from the Carl Walker firm were presented as $436,283 in year one, with a debt service of $566,452.
Baker adjusted those numbers to reflect impacts such as summer traffic: rising revenue to $569,700 and reducing the debt service to $356,636.
The citys room occupancy tax, half of which goes to operate the City Center and half to a capital reserve, will be used to have the parking project break even, he said. Baker also noted that convention attendees would readily pay for good parking. Finally, he said citizens could safely trust the lending institutions that would support the parking structure.
Financial people dont lend money to projects that dont make sound fiscal sense, he said.
Baker added that the City Center and the city of Saratoga Springs are in partnership. The city has oversight over the center.
This project wont impact property tax assessment, he said. It isnt an albatross that will be problematic down the road, any more than any other public building.
Baker emphasized that the City Center Authority was committed to what it thinks is the right solution and the right location, but is open to other uses in the parking structures agora at ground level.
I feel the challenge in the community is that people are seeking the perfect solution, he said. But there isnt one. What the City Center has developed is the best solution for the present and on into the future.
As for collaborating with the two developers who responded to the citys request for proposals for the High Rock parcel, Baker said the two teams did not address the City Centers parking and connector needs. No parking analyses or traffic studies had been done, and even the constructability of their projects was in question. He pointed out that the city councils technical review committee could recommend neither design.
The City Centers project, on the other hand, has gone through all the land-use boards and gotten approval after approval, he said. The parking structure has merit and should be completed. We want to be complementary and respectful to our neighbors.
Baker said he didnt interpret anyone asking hard and insightful questions as not supporting the City Center. He considered the city councils charge to be asking hard and insightful questions before making decisions.
Im hoping to have five unanimous votes on the parking structures lease next week, he said.
Some residents will find no satisfactory answers, he noted. But the City Center Authority and these citizens would still share a community.
Its still my job to welcome people to the city, Baker said.
City Center President ...
www.saratogian.com [cached]
City Center President Mark Baker has explained once again that his figures were revised from the earlier survey and that they showed the parking project to be absolutely financially viable.
...
Carl Walker took a snapshot of parking in Saratoga Springs during two weeks in May from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Baker said.
...
For his March 15 city council presentation, Saratoga Springs City Center Authority Parking Structure Project, Baker based his parking revenue analysis on 2012 figures.
...
The authority looked at the numbers day by day, month by month, event by event, Baker said.
The original revenue estimates from the Carl Walker firm were presented as $436,283 in year one, with a debt service of $566,452.
Baker adjusted those numbers to reflect impacts such as summer traffic: rising revenue to $569,700 and reducing the debt service to $356,636.
The citys room occupancy tax, half of which goes to operate the City Center and half to a capital reserve, will be used to have the parking project break even, he said. Baker also noted that convention attendees would readily pay for good parking. Finally, he said citizens could safely trust the lending institutions that would support the parking structure.
Financial people dont lend money to projects that dont make sound fiscal sense, he said.
Baker added that the City Center and the city of Saratoga Springs are in partnership. The city has oversight over the center.
This project wont impact property tax assessment, he said. It isnt an albatross that will be problematic down the road, any more than any other public building.
Baker emphasized that the City Center Authority was committed to what it thinks is the right solution and the right location, but is open to other uses in the parking structures agora at ground level.
I feel the challenge in the community is that people are seeking the perfect solution, he said. But there isnt one. What the City Center has developed is the best solution for the present and on into the future.
As for collaborating with the two developers who responded to the citys request for proposals for the High Rock parcel, Baker said the two teams did not address the City Centers parking and connector needs. No parking analyses or traffic studies had been done, and even the constructability of their projects was in question. He pointed out that the city councils technical review committee could recommend neither design.
The City Centers project, on the other hand, has gone through all the land-use boards and gotten approval after approval, he said. The parking structure has merit and should be completed. We want to be complementary and respectful to our neighbors.
Baker said he didnt interpret anyone asking hard and insightful questions as not supporting the City Center. He considered the city councils charge to be asking hard and insightful questions before making decisions.
Im hoping to have five unanimous votes on the parking structures lease next week, he said.
Some residents will find no satisfactory answers, he noted. But the City Center Authority and these citizens would still share a community.
Its still my job to welcome people to the city, Baker said.
Later in the evening, City Center ...
www.saratogian.com [cached]
Later in the evening, City Center President Mark Baker presented on the parking structure five-year pro forma. He said the study finances were being misinterpreted.
We are in a position to do this financially, he said. Our finances are available online.
Bonds would be issued to the City Center Authority, not the city; and the authority would then take on liability, he said.
Our project has already gone through the land-use boards, he said. The business community wants it.
...
If people have concerns about the City Center, they can look at our past history and see how well weve run their convention center, Baker said.
Later in the evening, City Center ...
www.saratogian.com [cached]
Later in the evening, City Center President Mark Baker presented on the parking structure five-year pro forma. He said the study finances were being misinterpreted.
We are in a position to do this financially, he said. Our finances are available online.
Bonds would be issued to the City Center Authority, not the city; and the authority would then take on liability, he said.
Our project has already gone through the land-use boards, he said. The business community wants it.
...
If people have concerns about the City Center, they can look at our past history and see how well weve run their convention center, Baker said.
SARATOGA SPRINGS >> City Center President ...
www.saratogian.com [cached]
SARATOGA SPRINGS >> City Center President Mark Baker attended the special city council meeting Feb. 25; not to present his plans for the High Rock parcel this time, but simply to listen to the other two teams describe their own designs. He was called to the microphone all the same, when both developers said they werent able to speak satisfactorily with Baker about the City Centers needs during the planning process.
...
Paramount Realty Group Partner Richard DeVito said, We met with Mark Baker and were told it wouldnt be possible to work things out about the parking spaces in question.
...
The High Rock Lot RFP Technical Review Committee has discussed two proposals now, said Baker before the council. The City Center Authority still considers our own design to be the best parking for the center and for downtown Saratoga Springs.
Later, Baker said there was a lot of misinformation floating around out there.
Last year, more than six months ago, when the city issued a request for proposals (RFP) for development of the High Rock parking lot, the City Centers parking needs and proposed parking structure as well as pedestrian connector were listed as major components to be included in any response, Baker wrote in an email to The Saratogian.
The City Center brought forth its plans for a multistory parking structure more than three years ago, and has been making its way through the round of the citys land-use boards, despite much public opposition throughout. Citizen groups urged the city council to make the RFP.
Neither of the two resulting submittals from Paramount Realty Group/The Community Builders and Hyman Hemispheric/Sequence Development contacted, requested a meeting with or requested any information from the City Center Authority to imbed into their proposals, Baker said. Neither RFP proposal included a connector, or the specifically required parking as illustrated and publicly available on the City Center parking structure drawing.
Some people, he said, have interpreted the RFP as a direct challenge to the city council-endorsed and planning board-approved City Center parking structure.
Following the RFP respondents first presentation, the city council noted the deficiencies of both proposals, Baker said.
The city then initiated the technical review of the submittals.
Only then did either of the respondents reach out to the City Center Authority, attempt to meet or engage in a conversation with the authority, he said.
Baker said he did meet with Paramount Realty Group representatives, as they said. The Paramount Groups approach was to change the scope of the City Center project, question and investigate the number of parking spaces, and challenge the reasoning for not developing the Maple Avenue lot north of the City Center.
When the City Center asked why Paramount could not develop a project that would include the authoritys 480-spot parking facility, which would help answer the minimum parking requested at no cost to the developer, Baker said the answer was, Because we dont like your building and how it looks.
The meeting was cordial, but unproductive for both parties, Baker concluded.
...
Once FOILed, the authority proceeded in legal fashion and responded to the FOIL in a legally appropriate manner, Baker said.
History has proven that the City Center Authority and President Mark E. Baker not only acknowledge any communications and calls, but attempt in a professional manner to respond immediately to them, Baker wrote.
Other People with the name "Baker":
Other ZoomInfo Searches
Accelerate your business with the industry's most comprehensive profiles on business people and companies.
Find business contacts by city, industry and title. Our B2B directory has just-verified and in-depth profiles, plus the market's top tools for searching, targeting and tracking.
Atlanta | Boston | Chicago | Houston | Los Angeles | New York
Browse ZoomInfo's business people directory. Our professional profiles include verified contact information, biography, work history, affiliations and more.
Browse ZoomInfo's company directory. Our company profiles include corporate background information, detailed descriptions, and links to comprehensive employee profiles with verified contact information.