Monthly Archives: May 2016

Journey Through Hallowed Ground weighs in for hotel COMMENT FNP

There may well be a case for more hotel rooms in Frederick County but Shuan Butcher (PR at Journey Through Hallowed Ground) does not make such a case.

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Revelations of expensive lobbying in general assembly with taxpayer-$s FACEBOOK POST

At least $21,000 of local taxpayer money funded lobbying for the downtown hotel/CC UPDATE County Executive Jan Gardner just informed us the County has spent $5,000 this year on lobbying services to advance the downtown hotel and conference center project. … Continue reading

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Meeting with MSA at head offices in The Warehouse Camden St Baltimore this morning May 24

Present Michael Frenz (executive director MSA), Gary McGuigan (capital projects development group MSA), Jane Weir, Peter Samuel at splendid offices in the old Warehouse,  Camden St Baltimore: — we opened saying we have various criticisms and many questions about the … Continue reading

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Notes for hotel skeptics meeting#3 2016.05.23

List of objections to this project — it’s a boondoggle — use of $31m of public money (state, county and city) to subsidize one City selected business in competition with others that self-finance

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Roadthink – does one-waying of East Patrick St make sense

I’m back on road-think. Fred News Post had an interesting piece this morning on 270’s congestion and how its in the list of the worst in the state. State money applied to 3rd laning of 270 and 15 would do … Continue reading

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Email to Alderman Phil Dacey – suppressed study argued for smaller conference center

Phil: one thing I wanted to draw to your attention: just before you all voted December 3 last year to approve the hotel MOU you were assured that expert studies validated the proposed size of the conference center, including an … Continue reading

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DH&CC cost up $14m or 20% to $84m, Mayor says MOU, HPC or PC could kill project – news from GOP Club

The Downtown Hotel & Conference Center will cost $84m according to a new City 2-pager just released. In February the official estimate was $69.8m. The 20% increase in estimated cost is split between developer Plamondon’s contribution (‘hotel and amenities’) and … Continue reading

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DH&CC cost up $14m or 20% to $84m, Mayor says MOU, HPC or PC could kill project – news from GOP Club

The Downtown Hotel & Conference Center will cost $84m according to a new City 2-pager just released. In February the official estimate was $69.8m. The 20% increase in estimated cost is split between developer Plamondon’s contribution (‘hotel and amenities’) and … Continue reading

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City paid $13,500 for joint lobbying effort to rout opposition to downtown hotel funding

The City of Frederick paid $13,500 toward lobbying services at the General Assembly to advance efforts to gain some $16 million of state funding for the Downtown Hotel & Conference Center (DH&CC) project. The lobbying was done by Greenwill Consulting … Continue reading

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City paid $13,500 as share of $67,500 lobbying fees to rout opposition to downtown hotel funding (ORIGINAL FAULTY REPORT)

The City of Frederick paid $13,500 toward lobbying services at the General Assembly to advance efforts to gain some $16 million of state funding for the Downtown Hotel & Conference Center (DH&CC) project. The lobbying was done by Greenwill Consulting … Continue reading

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