Monthly Archives: November 2016

News the Frederick-News Post doesn’t want you to hear on the Hotel

Letter to the Editor (submission ID 3108) not run: I recently had the chance to speak on the downtown hotel project for a few minutes with Governor Larry Hogan at a reception in Annapolis. I told him of the gross mismanagement of … Continue reading

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Birely Tannery gets rendered Barely Tannery by Autocorrect

This blog’s excuse for misspells is the Mac’s OS X El Capitan v10.11.6’s  Autocorrect feature whose name should be corrected to Correct/Uncorrect. Readers here know the Birely Tannery is autocorrected to Barely Tannery after the famous 19th century Frederick businessman … Continue reading

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Maryland Public Policy Institute lauds State Agency for rejecting Frederick boondoggle

Maryland’s leading state public policy group has issued a statement commending the Maryland Stadium Authority for its decision not to participate in the massive City-sponsored conference center hotel project in Frederick. The president of the Maryland Public Policy Institute Christopher B. … Continue reading

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Griffin goes to ground — he should be fired for the City hotel project’s state funding fiasco EDITORIAL

Richard Griffin director of the City’s department of economic development should have resigned over the recent hotel state funding fiasco. Or been fired. He wasted the time of City and County elected officials with many pages of MOU legalese and … Continue reading

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Mayor says “We will adjust” to MSA dumping of Hotel project, make MEDCO the owner

A City news release says the downtown hotel and conference center (DH&CC) “will move ahead” despite Maryland Stadium Authority’s decision to shun the project in a unanimous board vote Monday. The Mayor Randy McClement is quoted: “The vote in no … Continue reading

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MSA says “no role” for state agency in Frederick Hotel project

Maryland Stadium Authority’s board had a whole heap of concerns about the downtown Frederick hotel project as mentioned in today’s statement which we post in full: Statement by Thomas Kelso, Chairman, Maryland Stadium Authority: Board decision regarding Frederick Hotel/Conference Center MOU

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MEDCO won’t move on DH&CC until have updated feasibility study etc

MEDCO executive director Robert C Brennan just told us in a telephone call that his board of directors considered the City draft of a 5-party hotel MOU at a meeting October 17 and decided to “table” it. He says MEDCO … Continue reading

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It is official: Maryland Stadium Authority voted unanimously not to proceed with 5-party hotel MOU proposed by City

It’s now official. The Maryland Stadium Authority board has voted unanimously against proceeding with the downtown Frederick hotel project. Jan Hardesty, spokesman for the Baltimore-based state financing agency responded this morning: “Yes, the MSA Board voted yesterday not to sign … Continue reading

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Top official says MSA has formally dumped the Frederick hotel project

We were told after 10pm this evening by a leading state official that Maryland Stadium Authority’s (MSA) board of directors voted unanimously at their meeting this afternoon not to sign the five party draft MOU on hotel funding circulated by … Continue reading

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An interesting pair of new hotels in a hotel-poor neighborhood of Chicago

A small Mexican hotel company Grupo Habita has opened a pair of interesting new hotels in Chicago — The Robey and The Hollander. They’re located nearby one another, repurposing underused and vacant old buildings in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Four … Continue reading

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