Monthly Archives: January 2018

DHCC: a new look needed by a new Administration

Mayor & Aldermen:  The new City administration should take a thorough and critical look at the management of the downtown hotel and conference center (DHCC) project — a very troubled and troubling project. Eight years ago one of Randy McClement’s … Continue reading

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What is this just-released MoA?

The 24 pages of a draft Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) is a proposed binding contract between the City and state agencies needed to allow state funds to flow to the hotel project while that project looses the wrecking ball on … Continue reading

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“We’re not going to move forward on hotel” — Gov Hogan in FNP interview

Governor Larry Hogan has made his clearest statement yet that he will stop state funds going to the downtown hotel conference center (DHCC) project. Such projects have been “disastrous” for state taxpayers in the past, he said.

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Hotel tax based rehab fund finds no favor with City officials — clash with HPC, Preservation Maryland

Preservation Maryland’s proposal for a downtown hotel-tax based fund as “mitigation” for the demolition of the Birely Tannery is proving a divisive issue. Historic Preservation Commissioners at their  January 11 meeting spoke enthusiastically of the scheme and voted unanimously to … Continue reading

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Preservation Maryland’s betrayal of its mission — letter

Letter to Meagan Baco at Preservation Maryland: “… I and quite a number of others here think Preservation Maryland’s performance with respect to the Birely Tannery has been a disgraceful sellout. Your outfit has in this matter gotten itself into an … Continue reading

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DHCC taxes proposed for funding historic district rehab — a peanuts proposal

The Frederick News-Post (FNP) reports a proposed scheme under which some of the hotel tax collected at the Downtown Hotel & Conference Center (DHCC) would be used for a special fund to rehab other buildings in the historic district. This … Continue reading

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