Monthly Archives: January 2017

Boondoggle boosters try to silence criticism of hotel with Facebook complaint

After a piece headed “Rebid Hotel/Conference Center” was posted to the Friends of Frederick County Marriott Hotel Watch Facebook page someone demanded that Facebook take it down, claiming it contained “abusive content.” For some hours it was missing from the … Continue reading

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Hogan’s budget dumps $16m previously earmarked for downtown hotel, but his budget director Brinkley expects legislators to put it back

Governor Larry Hogan’s proposed budget for FY2017 zeroes out $16m of state funding for the downtown hotel that was provisionally provided in the FY2016 budget after last minute efforts by Senator Young and Delegates Krimm and Young. This year Hogan … Continue reading

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Design work on hotel awaits state money — project manager Griffin at NAC11

Hotel project manager Richard Griffin said at  NAC11 (the City’s downtown ‘neighborhood advisory committee’ or citizen forum which meets monthly at Brewers Alley) Tuesday 17th that work on detailed design and site plans cannot begin until it is known how … Continue reading

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Boondoggle Hotel project stiffed by state DHCD — 15 strategic demolition fund grants made FY17, Frederick zero’d out

A third state agency has given the thumbs down to the $84m City-sponsored downtown hotel and conference center (DHCC.) The City’s latest application for a $1 million Strategic Demolition Fund (SDF) grant was turned down flat. Sara Luell spokesman for the … Continue reading

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State Historical Trust told that public display of history with remnants of Birely Tannery adequate preservation for hotel site

The hotel developer’s archeology submission to the Maryland Historical Trust concludes that the building could be demolished on condition that “loss of the (historic) resource” be mitigated by “robust public outreach” suggesting: (1) production of a pamphlet on the history … Continue reading

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County’s iniquitous hotel tax rebate for boondoggle hotel is at expense of other hotels and their patrons

Assume the City-sponsored downtown hotel, the Marriott at Carroll Creek averages $160/room/night and 70% occupancy, then at 207 rooms its annual gross revenue is $8.46m. At the new 5% hotel tax rate it would pay $423k in hotel tax if … Continue reading

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