Monthly Archives: June 2016

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

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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RFP: strategic ambiguity or sloppiness? FB exchange

You nailed it, Diana. A third rate proof reader would have said to Richard Griffin: “Richard, it says P3. It says no partnership, it says private, it says private with support. Do we really want to put out an official document … Continue reading

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Sham procurement of downtown hotel developer by City of Frederick in 2014

The City of Frederick purported in 2014 to conduct a best-value competitive procurement to select which developer would be entitled to some $31 million (the present figure) of state, county and city funds towards the cost of the Downtown Hotel … Continue reading

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TIF boondoggles damage economic development

TIF boondoggles damage economic development. This is hardly surprising since they generally promote unproductive uses of resources. Richard Dye & David Merriman, economists University of Illinois, Chicago “The Effects of Tax Increment Financing on Economic Development” write on p22

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Frederick’s DH&CC chameleon: sometimes it’s a public-private partnership, sometimes it isn’t

The request for proposals (RFP14-J) for the downtown hotel and conference center (DH&CC) which was posted February 19, 2014 is, to put it mildly: ambiguous. Sometimes it says the hotel and conference center is to be privately owned and operated, … Continue reading

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2-waying of East Patrick based on traffic impact study which no one has sighted

In presentation after presentation we have been told by City officials that the East Patrick Street block will need to be converted to 2-way. And the money for that is in the public sector budget for the project. Yet now … Continue reading

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Impactologists – true conpersons

The Impactologists are conmen – to give the ladies of Impactology their due – revise that to… conpersons who are robbing Peter to pay Paul, by claiming the pet project, the holy cause increases total spending because now Paul spends … Continue reading

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Traffic Impact Study for DH&CC must be redone for City Planning Commission

Richard Griffin, the city’s lead official on the Downtown Hotel & Conference Center (DH&CC) project says that a traffic impact study (TIS) done for the selected developer Plamondon in 2014 will need to be redone for the City Planning Commission … Continue reading

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