Monthly Archives: October 2016

Historic preservation blocks hotel — staff say Birely ‘contributing,’ state likely to rule ‘eligible’ for National Register

Historic preservation regulators will almost certainly kill the downtown hotel and conference center (DH&CC) project as presently conceived. Both state and city historic preservation officials look certain to block demolition of the Birely Tannery building, the substantial white painted brick building … Continue reading

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Plamondon consultant Mimi Giguere tells Maryland Historic Trust: demolition of Birely building OK

Hopeful downtown hotel developer Plamondon has a submission in to the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT, Trust) putting the case that the Birely Tannery building is not a ‘contributing (historic) resource.’ If the submission by Kann Partners’ Mimi Giguere is accepted … Continue reading

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This City hotel project gets stupider and stupider — with 5-party MOU

“In order to separate public and private components of the project” the Joint MOU brings in the scandal ridden state agency MEDCO, the guys who brought taxpayers the farce of Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort. Cost in 1998 was … Continue reading

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Frederick County should put a hold on the 5 party MOU which makes City hotel project even worse

County Executive Gardner, President Otis, Councillors: Please put a hold on the worsening of an already bad City hotel project. The 4-party scheme was badenough, but introduction of MEDCO as a 5th party makes it much worse. The quasi-state agency MEDCO … Continue reading

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Prepared notes for testimony to Mayor & Board workshop on 5 party MOU 3pm City Hall

Mr Mayor, Aldermen: the big story here is that the City is bringing in MEDCO to run the project in place of the Stadium Authority. According to the MOU, MEDCO will issue TIF and parking revenue bonds, hold ownership, oversee … Continue reading

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Maryland Historical Trust reluctant to release developer submission (PIA request)

Email to John Coleman re  PIA request for developer submission made last week: Mr Coleman, I was told you are the person responsible for PIA requests at the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT). I have filed an important and urgent request … Continue reading

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A bullet point take on the 5 party MOU

— main purpose is to shake loose the $1 million granted by the General Assembly in March/April the release of which is conditional on a 4 party MOU

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Questions raised by 5-party MOU

1. Griffin and others have repeatedly stressed the importance of having Maryland Stadium Authority involved in the hotel project, and compared it favorably with MEDCO. Why is the Stadium Authority getting out. What scared them off?

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Five party MOU is a rickety contrivance to shake loose a state million $s to keep DH&CC afloat

“The CITY has formally requested assistance from MEDCO to support this local initiative by issuing both the TIF and Parking Revenue Bonds for the CITY and COUNTY, to hold ownership and oversee the operations of the CONFERENCE CENTER, ON-SITE PARKING … Continue reading

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Rocky Gap funder MEDCO to attempt funding of downtown hotel as Stadium Authority bails

Maryland Stadium Authority has bailed on the City of Frederick downtown hotel project. Its role as the major state financier is to be taken over by Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO.) City officials have said again and again that the … Continue reading

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