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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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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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