Monthly Archives: December 2016

Letter to Maryland Historical Trust

Beth Cole: …I’d like to stress that the (Birely) building DOES have a strong link to a major 19th century industry: tanning. The draft DOE seriously exaggerates the extent of rebuilding needed after the early 20th century fire, as evidenced … Continue reading

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City financial consultant MuniCap values $84m hotel at only $29.1m

The City-sponsored Downtown Hotel & Conference Center (DH&CC) on which some $84 million is proposed to be spent has been valued by City financial consultant MuniCap at $29.1m. That number is shown at the end of a couple of pages … Continue reading

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Mayor & Board of Aldermen are the culpable ones — they tolerate mismanagement and misstatements about cost

The Mayor & Board of Aldermen exhibit no curiosity about the costs or value of their pet hotel project. City project manager Griffin said last summer the $121m cost estimate by consultant Forella ($94m without Parking Deck 6) was inflated … Continue reading

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’We can build the downtown hotel without state-$s, but they’d be nice to have all the same’

In his first interview since two state agencies walked away from his MOU City project director Richard Griffin says that the hotel project can be built without state dollars. It would need to be ‘re-scoped’ but the hotel ‘team’ remains … Continue reading

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‘Please don’t fund Frederick project’ — ten strikes letter to Secretary Housing & Community Development

Mr Kenneth C Holt, Secretary, Department of Housing & Community Development, 7800 Harkins Road, Lanham MD 20706   Dec 9, 2016 Dear Mr Holt: A number of us here in Frederick have taken a close interest in the City-sponsored Downtown Hotel and Conference … Continue reading

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City’s Richard Griffin talks in FNP podcast on where their hotel project stands TRANSCRIPT

Richard Griffin, director of the City Department of Economic Development and project manager for the Downtown Hotel & Conference Center on the Frederick News-Post’s new Frederick Uncut podcast with host Colin McGuire and City Hall reporter Nancy Lavin: 2016:12:06

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Lurching from one travesty to the next — the ogre effect of it hanging around

NOTES FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES OF FREDERICK COUNTY DELEGATION TO ANNAPOLIS  On the downtown hotel, please kill this crock of a project, put it out of its misery. It is never going to be built. This thing has … Continue reading

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$26m/yr spending, 280 jobs, $1.5m new taxes baloney credited to MSA

“The City and County believe that the Return on Investment (ROI) to the public sector (of $31m of taxpayer support for the hotel project) does not come through ownership of the conference center but rather through the robust catalytic  economic … Continue reading

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