PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A Providence businessman wants Gov. Lincoln Chafee to drop plans to relocate the state's probation and parole offices in downtown, saying doing so would create a ``government-mandated criminal convention center.''

CEO Angus Davis questions how businesses will stay in downtown and create high-paying jobs if, he says, the administration turns the area into ``a meeting place for violent offenders.''

The plan would transfer supervision of offenders on parole or probation from Urban League headquarters to vacant office space on Fountain Street.

The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce also said Thursday the relocation would ``drive away'' tourists, consumers and workers.

Department of Administration Director Richard Licht says negotiations are continuing and the state tries to be a good neighbor.