Monthly Archives: June 2016

Origins of the Plamondon-Griffin relationship for the $31m-taxpayer funded downtown hotel: Nov 17, 2005

Pete Plamondon Jr, principal of the Plamondon companies, makes no secret of how long he’s been working with the City’s economic development director Richard Griffin on a ‘partnership’ (read: boondoggle on taxpayers) to build a conference center hotel downtown. At … Continue reading

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Letter to AG Brian Frosh: Sham procurement of downtown hotel developer by City of Frederick deserves investigation

Mr Frosh: I am part of a loosely organized group of Frederick people probing the City’s long efforts to get a Downtown Hotel and Conference Center (DH&CC) developed with ever growing public funding. We have written and spoken, and organized … Continue reading

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“These are not public consumption reports” Griffin LTE Frederick News-Post

Letter to the Editor, Frederick News-Post 2016.06.26: On the downtown hotel you reported: ‘Griffin also dismissed Samuel’s accusations about lack of transparency. He said Samuel’s misunderstanding of the document was one reason why the full report was not made public. “These … Continue reading

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Conference Center size: : “Richard is interested in a larger center”

Richard Griffin has gone to great lengths — lengths that have stretched the truth to breaking point — to claim (1) that the planned 24,000 square foot conference center was supported by expert ‘studies’ (2) that the size has not … Continue reading

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“Competitive procurement” of Downtown Hotel developer was a sham — it was set up for Plamondon by Chicago consultants 

Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), a real estate consultancy from Chicago was contracted in 2013 to help the City of Frederick run a competitive procurement for a developer for the downtown hotel. The procurement saw Plamondon selected over Wormald to ‘partner’ … Continue reading

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Speaking notes for Joint meeting of City of Frederick Mayor & Board of Aldermen and Frederick County Council 2016.06.22

Good evening I would like to talk about the hotel. We’ve got our own Little Big Dig. Like the infamous Boston Tunnel project the price keeps growing. As recently as 2013 it was $45m total cost $10m to $12m public … Continue reading

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Maryland Stadium Authority consultant says City underestimated costs of downtown hotel complex by $39m — hotel to cost $121m not $82m v2

Maryland Stadium Authority’s cost consultant told the City of Frederick back in January that its $82 million estimate for the cost of the Downtown Hotel and Conference Center was $39 million or 32 percent too low. The state agency to … Continue reading

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JLL hiked hourly rates $155 to $225 mid-contract and retrospectively billed one at inflated rates

The City’s $335,000 hotel development consultant Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) hiked their hourly rates nearly 50% midway through their contract with the City while working on the downtown hotel boondoggle. JLL consultants who had been working for $155/hour were bumped … Continue reading

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$335,000 consultant JLL worked on Downtown Hotel boondoggle in violation of City purchasing rules

Recently obtained consultant invoices throw a horrifying light on the City’s selection of a developer for its downtown hotel and conference center (DH&CC.) They show Chicago based real estate consultants from Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) repeatedly violated the City’s purchasing … Continue reading

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“This is scandalous at several levels” FACEBOOK POST

This is scandalous at several different levels: 1. The procurement of JLL and their engagement was approved on the basis they would help the City. Here we see from invoices that JLL was also working for Plamondon helping that company … Continue reading

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