Monthly Archives: February 2018

Save the Birely smokestack

Any serious mitigation plan for the Birely Tannery would look to save some significant component of the building. Why not the splendid brick smokestack? At more than 40ft the equivalent of nearly five stories high, nicely tapered from 4 ft … Continue reading

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State agencies still open to comment on Birely Tannery mitigation plan

“We welcome comments from the consulting parties and it is not too late for comments to be considered by DHCD (state Department of Housing & Community Development) and MHT (Maryland Historical Trust.)” So writes MHT’s Beth Cole, administrator project review … Continue reading

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Mayor challenged to clarify five aspects of hotel deal — letter from 22 citizens

The Honorable Michael O’Connor Mayor of The City of Frederick City Hall Frederick, MD 21701 Dear Mr. O’Connor: In your inaugural address you spoke of embarking on a “new commitment to civic engagement” and of the need to “restore faith … Continue reading

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How they deliberately avoided competition in procurements of land and hotel developer

Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), the City Hotel Advisory Committee’s lead consultant in this procurement, foresaw the land valuation problem mentioned by Andy Stout in the previous report. And they proposed a procedure to avoid that problem, along with a way … Continue reading

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How will City set price for hotel land and who will bear mitigation cost?

Archeologist Andy Stout raises the troublesome issue of how the City has set the price it pays for the Randalls’ site, and who is bearing the costs of mitigation. In an email to the Mayor, City aldermen, and others, Stout … Continue reading

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Spare us your “symbiotic relationships” — Letter to Editor, Frederick News-Post

Time to halt government funding for ridiculous project Your editorial published Feb. 4 proclaimed the city’s endless downtown hotel project to be “in a symbiotic relationship” with the historic district. Gawd!

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Current state of the City-Maryland Historical Trust MoA “still a deliberative process”

“The MoA negotiation is still a deliberative process amongst the signatories and it is not yet a final document ready for signature.” That’s how City of Frederick/Maryland Historical Trust dealmaking was characterized  Monday afternoon, Feb 12, by Beth Cole, administrator, … Continue reading

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Downtown hotel & conference center “will now be privately financed” – a baseless claim

Supporters of the City-sponsored downtown hotel make the misleading claim that public funds — taxpayer money — will only be used for associated ‘public infrastructure’ and that otherwise the project will be privately financed with no call on taxpayers. For … Continue reading

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Griffin attempt to rush approval of City-state MoA fails at Mayor & Board

Ricard Griffin made a crude move this week to rush through Mayor & Board approval of an incomplete  agreement with state agencies over a ‘mitigation plan’ for demolition of the Birely Tannery building and site. Griffin put his signature to a … Continue reading

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“The trick is to never finish the project” — Dilbert following DHCC

Scott Adams’s Dilbert of cartoon fame is obviously following the antics of the downtown Frederick hotel project, famous for predictions of a grand opening always staying about three years away, year after year. CREDIT: Anthony Moscato for spotting the Dilbert.

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