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Why the City-sponsored hotel is wrong

This website is dedicated to documenting what’s wrong with the City-sponsored hotel project here in downtown Frederick. We’ve written about: — how and why the project was launched (because hotel developer Pete Plamondon thought such a hotel could pay once … Continue reading

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HAC chair Robbins resigns, says hopes the “politics” holding up the project can be resolved

The longtime Hotel Advisory Committee (HAC) chair Earl Robbins resigned effective the end of 2017. And Mayor Michael O’Connor is not looking to replace him, spokesman Patti Mullins tells us. Robbins was honored by the Mayor & Board in a … Continue reading

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Save the smokestack

Any serious mitigation plan for the Birely Tannery would look to save some significant component of the building. Why not the splendid brick smokestack? At more than 40ft the equivalent of nearly five stories high, nicely tapered from 4 ft … Continue reading

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State agencies still open to comment on Birely Tannery mitigation plan

“We welcome comments from the consulting parties and it is not too late for comments to be considered by DHCD (state Department of Housing & Community Development) and MHT (Maryland Historical Trust.)” So writes MHT’s Beth Cole, administrator project review … Continue reading

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Mayor challenged to clarify five aspects of hotel deal — letter from 22 citizens

The Honorable Michael O’Connor Mayor of The City of Frederick City Hall Frederick, MD 21701 Dear Mr. O’Connor: In your inaugural address you spoke of embarking on a “new commitment to civic engagement” and of the need to “restore faith … Continue reading

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How they deliberately avoided competition in procurements of land and hotel developer

Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), the City Hotel Advisory Committee’s lead consultant in this procurement, foresaw the land valuation problem mentioned by Andy Stout in the previous report. And they proposed a procedure to avoid that problem, along with a way … Continue reading

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How will City set price for hotel land and who will bear mitigation cost?

Archeologist Andy Stout raises the troublesome issue of how the City has set the price it pays for the Randalls’ site, and who is bearing the costs of mitigation. In an email to the Mayor, City aldermen, and others, Stout … Continue reading

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Spare us your “symbiotic relationships” — Letter to Editor, Frederick News-Post

Time to halt government funding for ridiculous project Your editorial published Feb. 4 proclaimed the city’s endless downtown hotel project to be “in a symbiotic relationship” with the historic district. Gawd!

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Current state of the City-Maryland Historical Trust MoA “still a deliberative process”

“The MoA negotiation is still a deliberative process amongst the signatories and it is not yet a final document ready for signature.” That’s how City of Frederick/Maryland Historical Trust dealmaking was characterized  Monday afternoon, Feb 12, by Beth Cole, administrator, … Continue reading

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Downtown hotel & conference center “will now be privately financed” – a baseless claim

Supporters of the City-sponsored downtown hotel make the misleading claim that public funds — taxpayer money — will only be used for associated ‘public infrastructure’ and that otherwise the project will be privately financed with no call on taxpayers. For … Continue reading

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