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City & County attempting to make up for lack of State-$s but lawyers struggle

For the second time they’ve cancelled a scheduled Joint City/County Workshop of elected officials for ‘Discussion of proposed agreements regarding Downtown Hotel Project.’ Reason: a legal consultant advised against the draft MOU. We haven’t discovered the nature of the legal … Continue reading

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Boondoggle Team effort to gin up state funding flops — 3 letters & UPDATES

A push for a special meeting of the Frederick County Delegation to pressure Governor Hogan to provide state funds for the City’s decade-old downtown hotel project has flopped. Four Delegates led by vice-chair State Senator Michael Hough have said they … Continue reading

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The governor’s take on the downtown hotel — it’s a boondoggle LETTER FREDERICK NEWS-POST

Your May 5 report (“Clock ticking on future funding for downtown hotel”) says that Mayor Michael O’Connor has not gotten to sit down with Gov. Larry Hogan to put the case for state funding of the downtown hotel project. The … Continue reading

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HB1347 reviving $5m of state grants for hotel passes General Assembly in last minute crush of bills

Hotel boondoggle boosters have won another round in the battle for state funding in the last minute crush of bills at the end of the General Assembly session  in Annapolis. They managed to keep grants of $1 million and $4 … Continue reading

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Plamondon walks away from Downtown Hotel, says City’s inability to gain promised funding makes project ’non-viable’

Pete Plamondon Jr announced today his company is exercising its option to withdraw from its partnership with the City to build a downtown hotel and conference center in Frederick. He said that City officials had “gone the extra mile” in … Continue reading

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HB 1347 Please delete $5 million in grants for boondoggle hotel — an appeal to Senate and House appropriators

Dear State Senator/Delegate:  Please delete the $1 million and $4 million grants for the Frederick downtown hotel in HB 1347 (pages 8 and 12.) see  https://legiscan.com/MD/text/HB1347/2019 The State of Maryland should not disgrace itself with support for this project. It … Continue reading

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$5 million for hotel sneaked into a ‘prior authorizations’ bill HB1347 (corrected)

Hotel boondoggle supporters in the General Assembly have managed to sneak $5 million into HB1347, a small bill which is separate from the main budget bill. NOTE: This is a correction. Yesterday we reported a provision early in the bill for … Continue reading

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Submission made to state Office of Legislative Audits and Board of Public Works

COPY OF COVER NOTE: Supporters of the City-sponsored Downtown Frederick Hotel project sought another $10.5 million in the 2019 legislative session in Annapolis and were apparently unsuccessful in getting new State aid this year. But they have declared their intention … Continue reading

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Mayor says last shot at state hotel $s, public hearings bypassed again in backroom deals

Mayor Michael O’Connor is tiring of the City’s repeated panhandling in Annapolis on behalf of the downtown hotel boondoggle. A Frederick News-Post (FNP) report this morning (link at the bottom) quotes the Mayor as saying: “This is the last session … Continue reading

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Hotel “not funded” in 2020 State budget, FNP confirms

The City-sponsored hotel downtown missed out on funding in the short 2019 legislative session when the budget for the following fiscal year is hashed out. Reported here February 27 (see link at end) and on the FoFC Downtown Marriott Watch … Continue reading

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