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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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City permitting staff talk about first DH&CC site plan from Plamondon — many problems

City planning staff have raised a bunch of questions about a site Sketch Plan (Plan) for the DHCC submitted November 22 by Bohler Engineering of Towson on behalf of Plamondon. Over thirty problem points were raised by City staff for … Continue reading

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Abandoned by the City, what future for the HAC?

City officials are now denying any responsibility for the downtown Hotel Advisory Committee (HAC.) In submissions to the State Attorney General’s Open Meetings Compliance Board they insisted the HAC is a ‘private body’ of the County Chamber of Commerce and … Continue reading

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State AG’s Compliance Board chides City over Hotel Advisory Committee but punts on declaring clear violation

The State AG’s Open Meetings Compliance Board says the City of Frederick has sent “mixed messages” about the status of its Downtown Hotel Advisory Committee (HAC.) And, it says that there is an apparent “factual disconnect” between the City’s claim … Continue reading

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Frederick County delegation to Annapolis — please encourage Governor Hogan and Board of Public Works to withhold state-$s for City’s boondoggle hotel LETTER

Delegate Kathy Afzali and colleagues: Recent developments confirm the good judgment of the majority of the Frederick County delegation in opposing state funds for the City’s boondoggle hotel. The case against state support is stronger than ever. 1. New proof … Continue reading

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Mark Gaver’s arrest on fraud charges — what it means for the hotel project OPINION

Downtown hotel proponents are in denial about the importance of the fraud indictment of Mark Gaver, the City’s first Hotel Advisory Committee (HAC) chair. Consider that scores of people might have been asked by Richard Griffin and the incoming Mayor … Continue reading

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First HAC chair’s arrest and charges — Full text of US Attorney’s news release

Subject: FORMER FREDERICK BUSINESS OWNER CHARGED IN $50 MILLION BANK FRAUD Sent to Baltimore and Washington media. December 5, 2017                                                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact ELIZABETH MORSE www.justice.gov/usao/md                                                                 at (410) 209-4885 FORMER FREDERICK BUSINESS OWNER CHARGED IN $50 MILLION BANK FRAUD Baltimore, Maryland – A … Continue reading

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First HAC chairman Mark Gaver arrested and charged with $50m bank fraud – FNP

The Frederick News-Post is reporting that Mark Gaver the first City-appointed chairman of the Hotel Advisory Committee (HAC) has been arrested and charged with $50 million of bank fraud. Gaver is accused of misrepresenting the value of his contracts with … Continue reading

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