City belatedly recognizes General Assembly appropriation of $16m for downtown hotel in news release

This City has belatedly noted that the General Assembly appropriated $16m in state grants for the Downtown Hotel. The news was reported here April 10 (see link at the bottom.) The City news release below has been given only limited circulation so far. It has not yet gone out to subscribers to City news, and is not yet posted to the City website.

Here is the text:

Date: Apr 20, 2017 6:06 PM
NEWS RELEASE

Hotel Project Has Funding Needed to Proceed

FREDERICK, MD – April 20, 2017: Recently approved state funding will enable The City of Frederick and Plamondon Hospitality Partners to proceed with their public-private partnership to build a Downtown Hotel and Conference Center and new public parking facility on Patrick Street.

The state’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget includes reauthorization of $1 million for planning and design work and a $4 million grant to the city for acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, and renovation of the Downtown Frederick Hotel and Conference Center.

Rendering of proposed hotel complex from Plamondon

“It’s significant that the state legislature, through this budget, recognizes the importance of this project to economic development, not just for The City of Frederick, but also for the state,” said Mayor Randy McClement. “The funding of $5 million allocated in the FY 2018 state budget and the pre-authorization for $7.5 million in FY19 and $3.5 million in FY20 is substantial, and now the project team can work with the developer to finalize the scope, schedule, and budget.”

This project is a top priority for The City of Frederick, Frederick County, the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Frederick Partnership, Tourism Council of Frederick County, and others. The elected officials who represent the City have unanimously and consistently advocated for this project. The Downtown Hotel and Conference Center Advisory Committee members and project partners expressed their gratitude to Senator Ron Young, Delegate Carol Krimm, and Delegate Karen Young for their persistent support in Annapolis.

“We are very fortunate to have a vibrant and authentic downtown City of Frederick.

Pete Plamondon

This project will continue the story of success of the Carroll Creek Linear Park, the Frederick Visitor Center and the redevelopment along East Street. Frederick County is pleased to support the City of Frederick by helping to provide parking and other needed infrastructure, as we have over the past decades, to make downtown businesses, government, restaurants, and events successful” stated County Executive Jan Gardner.

In addition to the economic benefits of this venture as a cornerstone of the City’s revitalized downtown and Carroll Creek Linear Park, a full-service hotel and conference center will address the meeting, event, and conference needs expressed by the community.

Mayor Randy McClement
101 N Court Street
Frederick, MD 21701

www.cityoffrederick.com

Contact: Richard Griffin
Economic Development Director
Phone: (301) 600-6361

rgriffin@cityoffrederick.com

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The Major Employers Group of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce has sought sizable, high-quality meeting space downtown for nearly a decade. The downtown location is a high priority for the region’s largest businesses, despite the increased level of difficulty in construction.

Mayor McClement

“Building a new facility in a historic district with structured parking and rehabilitating the original historic Frederick Trolley building, add a layer of difficulty and cost that made the project prohibitive without a public-private partnership,” McClement said. “I remain unwilling to commit tax dollars to a non-public use, but we need additional parking downtown and our collaboration on this project gives us the parking we both need.”

“A variety of Frederick County’s largest businesses host meetings and conferences outside of Frederick County, and sometimes outside of Maryland, due to the lack of quality meeting space in Downtown Frederick,” said Elizabeth Cromwell, President and CEO of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. “We consistently hear from members that a having a Downtown hotel and conference center will be beneficial for business retention and growth.”

This project is to include a full-service, nationally branded hotel, and state-of-the-art conference facilities.

Kara Norman, Downtown Frederick Partnership executive director, echoed the

Richard Griffin

excitement about the project’s funding. “Downtown Frederick Partnership is proud to be among the community and business leaders who have worked hard to bring this critical business infrastructure to Downtown Frederick,” she said.

More than 1.7 million visitors come to Frederick County each year, spending $391 million during their stay, according to the Tourism Council of Frederick County. John Fieseler, executive director of the Tourism Council, appreciated this year’s state budget support for the project.

“Securing the state portion of the public investment helps Frederick compete with other
jurisdictions for investment and jobs through this type of project.”

A public presentation of the proposed project is planned for the coming months. A date will be announced as soon as details of the event are confirmed. end City news release

NOTE: We published this news April 10:

http://frederickhotelboondoggle.us/2017/04/general-assembly-appropriates-16m-for-dhcc-governor-may-impound/

2017.04.20

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