Endangered Species – Fredericktonians with Vision
As a City of Frederick resident I am in full support of the Downtown Hotel and Conference Center. Taking into consideration both The Frederick News-Post’s on-line comments section, as well as replies to Facebook, I am in the minority. As a conservative in favor of this PPP, I may be as rare as a Borneo pygmy elephant.
Moving forward with this project is a winning move for all involved. For the city the first step would be the purchase of the old Frederick News-Post building from the Randall family and adjacent property. The initial outlay would be significant; however, the city would receive significant annual lease payments, and 10 percent of the income from the conference center would go to the city. Taxes from the hotel and conference center would far surpass the current annually tax receipts it is taking in.
The project was awarded to a local company which has proven successful in other hotelier ventures in the area. The awarding of this project by the City of Frederick to the Plamondon Hospitality Partners was done after the company won the RFP (Request for Proposal) back in 2014. They would fund the construction of the hotel and conference center.
A full service hotel, such as the one proposed with an adjacent conference center, would provide so much to the downtown area by anchoring the continued Carroll Creek development moving east. There are hundreds of businesses downtown that would benefit from the hotel. The compounding effect of increased business throughout downtown would not only benefit the owners, but it would create jobs, and, of course, increase the tax base.
The design of the complex based on conceptual drawings would blend into the historic nature of the area. It would preserve the historic trolley building and restore the area toward the creek. The Carroll Creek revitalization and historic downtown Frederick continue to amaze those visiting from local, national and even international places. The addition of this hotel and conference center will provide rooms within walking distance to our world=class town and its shops, restaurants and historical venues.
It will provide a true hotel presence in downtown for the first time since the Francis Scott Key Hotel closed its first floor amenities in the mid-sixties.
It is time to support this project and move forward. It will more than pay back any upfront costs. It will use existing space in a creative way that is in line with those proponents of smart growth.
I have no vested interest in any of the parties involved except as a City of Frederick taxpayer. I am a City of Frederick resident and taxpayer, and this project will be as great for the city as the Carroll Creek project itself.
I regret that outsiders – both citizens and politicians who don’t live within the city’s district – have such great influence on the future of our city.
Sometimes you have to trust the vision of the future and verify the details of a plan before you denounce it so roundly.