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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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If the Mayor really wants to “address concerns” he should…

POSTED COMMENT: Mayor O’Connor thinks that “addressing concerns” will win support for the City hotel project. Fine. If he’s serious then he should: 1. Explain how the City came to appoint as its “point man” for the hotel project none … Continue reading

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Extra land for downtown hotel causes more delay, more cost, more conflict

18 months ago the Plamondon company’s Joe Briglia made a page-and-a-half (1.5p) proposal to Richard Griffin the City’s director of economic development. This key Briglia email of February 13, 2017 has been blacked out (‘redacted’) as confidential and claimed to … Continue reading

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Hotel an election issue — Afzali  and Giangrande highlight opposition to tax-$s

Kathi Afzali the Republican candidate challenging Jan Gardner for County Executive is contrasting her stance on the downtown hotel with those of her two rivals in the November 6 election. A chart in a recent email flyer contrasts her stance … Continue reading

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An email back & forth with a leading defender of the City’s handling of the Eagles land buy negotiations

He said ‘No’ to reporting his name, so following New York Times practice we call him/her Anonymous or Anon. Anon: Its pretty simple. Plamondon buys property. The city cannot dictate when or how much. The City then later may to … Continue reading

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Mayor O’Connor says extra land for hotel will only be bought after vote of Board of Aldermen — no comment on Plamondon offer to Eagles

Mayor Michael O’Connor says there will be “no action” to acquire extra land for the downtown hotel without a vote of the Board of Aldermen. And the City will abide by its purchasing rules and the state open meetings law … Continue reading

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LETTER TO THE MAYOR Mr Mayor: Is Plamondon the City’s purchasing agent?

Mr Mayor: at a recent meeting of the Frederick Eagles club it was revealed that Plamondon Hospitality Partners (Plamondon) has made a $650,000 offer for the Eagles property adjacent to the City-sponsored downtown hotel. Apparently the Eagles land is proposed … Continue reading

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Plamondon offers Eagles $650k for adjacent property valued at $1.23m

Plamondon has offered the Eagles social club $650,000 for their 100 year old property at 216 East Patrick Street and two small open lots to the immediate west used for car parking. The offer was revealed to Eagles’ members at … Continue reading

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Gaver Guilty — first HAC chair Mark Gaver convicted for $50m bank fraud

Prominent Frederick area businessman Mark Gaver was convicted on all ten US charges of bank fraud and money laundering by a jury in US District Court today (Aug 1.) His trial lasted eight days. Gaver fabricated a stream of false … Continue reading

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