Monthly Archives: July 2017

State preservation regulator says downtown hotel plan has ‘adverse effect’ on historic district

Elizabeth Hughes, State Historic Preservation Officer (Hughes) has this week issued an ‘adverse effect’ finding on the plans of the proposed  downtown hotel and conference center (DH&CC.) This means that there is now a hold on state funds being drawn … Continue reading

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Frederick News-Post highlights demolition by neglect at Birely Tannery

The Frederick News-Post (FNP) this morning highlights neglect of the Birely Tannery by its current owners, the Randall family. It details the code violations precipitated by the neglect. Reporter Mallory Panuska: “The (Birely Tannery) building is run-down, and according to … Continue reading

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City HP planner Lisa Murphy thinks new hotel plan OK on Creek but fails on Patrick St

In a staff  report on plans for the new hotel (HPC17-491) City historic preservation (HP) staff planner Lisa Mroszczyk Murphy (Murphy) slams the design for not meeting City historic preservation Guidelines on maintaining the streetscape along East Patrick Street. She … Continue reading

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Unsafe unsightly entry/exit arrangements proposed for DHCC on East Patrick St REVISED

Plamondon’s design for the downtown hotel’s twin 2-way driveways side by side on East Patrick St breaks rules in federal, state and city rulebooks for access to an arterial/collector class road.  The Plamondon site plan shows two 2-lane driveways on … Continue reading

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No building ‘of-unusual-importance’ like Birely Tannery has submitted for demolition in the last 12 years

City staff have confirmed that the application by downtown hotel promoters to demolish the Birely Tannery is unprecedented. Never previously in twelve years of the City’s present demolition rules has any property designated of ‘unusual (historical) importance’ been advanced to … Continue reading

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Frederick News-Post continues to misrepresent the state of the hotel project

The Frederick News-Post (FNP) under new ownership continues its biased and inaccurate reporting of the downtown hotel (DH) project. Its misreporting continues as if the newspaper still has a vested interest in the project as owner of the land to … Continue reading

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Repackaging a gross hotel deal — at Maryland Public Policy Institute’s policy blog

by Peter Samuel at Maryland Public Policy Institute, Policy Blog JULY 12, 2017 The nine-year-old saga of an $84 million government-sponsored downtown hotel and conference center complex in Frederick took some new turns in the first half of the year. see the … Continue reading

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Hotel promoters off to bad start at historic commission – 7/0 vote that Birely & site ‘contributing’ and ‘of unusual importance’

Promoters of the downtown conference center hotel got off to a bad start at the first hearing of hotel applications at the Historic Preservation Commission. Despite an appearance by the Mayor Randy McClement, landowner Myron Randall, and hotel developer Pete … Continue reading

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Submission on HPC17-490 Application to demolish the Birely Tannery

Commissioners, I’m not much on sports but I believe your decision tonight is what they call a ‘slam dunk.’  This building is so obviously a ‘contributing resource.’ It is an historically important building, distinctive in its industrial architecture (Love that … Continue reading

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Fallacies of the application to demo Birely Tannery (BT) SHORT VERSION

The would-be demolitionists’ claim in bold, followed by response. 1. Refusal to allow BT demo will kill the project: It won’t. Pinnacle/OPX, consultants to the City had a site plan with the hotel/CC and BT preserved. The project can be … Continue reading

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