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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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Hotel bombs out in 2019 session — no delegation vote on seeking State-$s as legislative session winds down

The Downtown Hotel project looks most unlikely to get any state funding this legislative session in Annapolis. Both the Hogan administration and State legislative leaders said the project needed the full support of the Frederick County delegation before they would … Continue reading

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State delegates misled on terms of hotel deal (letter to Del. Krimm)

Delegate Krimm: Richard Griffin wrote a misleading answer to your request for details of the terms under which the hotel operator will be leasing the podium roof of the parking structure (email January 16, 2019 17:06 EST). He encouraged you … Continue reading

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$250,000 state grant for hotel from 2012 was forgotten by the City

A $250,000 grant the State awarded to the City of Frederick for its Downtown Hotel back in 2012 was forgotten and never drawn on by City officials. Kimberly Langkam director of Capital Grants at the state’s Department of General Services … Continue reading

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City wants $10.5m from State for sub-Plamondon parking garage — it’s a $800k/yr loser

The City’s latest ‘One-Pager’ is pitching for $10,500,000 from the state budget to support construction of an enlarged $16.15 million two-level 234 car-spaces parking garage to be located underneath Plamondon’s proposed 199-room Marriott Hotel. Let’s dub it the Sub-Plamondon  (S-P) … Continue reading

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“No state support for the Downtown Frederick Hotel” — letter to Frederick County delegates to Annapolis FULL TEXT

Dear Frederick County Legislator: We urge you to advocate and vote against any state support for the City-sponsored hotel in downtown Frederick. This project has ten counts against it, summarized below.  1. Bad start:This project was launched under the chairmanship … Continue reading

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Wordplay used to give cover to the same old subsidy scheme

State Delegate Karen Lewis Young is quoted in the Frederick News-Post (2019-01-19) as saying that the proposed new scheme at the downtown hotel should be called a Public Infrastructure Project. Del Lewis Young told the newspaper she thinks the change … Continue reading

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Ten points about the boondoggle

1. Project launched by a big time crook Mark Gaver now serving 17 years jail after being convicted in US Court on $50 million of money laundering and bank fraud. Gaver was the first chairman of the Downtown Hotel Advisory … Continue reading

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