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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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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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