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$39 million in state/local support for Frederick’s downtown hotel project

2015, December 18 | Friday 4:29 pm

Some $39 million of state and local government funds are needed to support plans for the $82m  Downtown Hotel and Conference Center (DHCC) project in Frederick. Developer Plamondon Hospitality Partners is committed to putting up $43m which pays for the hotel portion of the project. Other costs are the Conference Center $13 million, Parking Deck Six $16m, and land, utilities, roads and sundry items $10m. Capital costs are proposed to be split inveRead More

$39 million in state/local support for Frederick’s downtown hotel project

"Painful preservation" a Frederick News-Post editorial, HPC Chair reacts

2015, December 15 | Tuesday 3:08 am

Following is an important editorial on the Historic Preservation  Commission (HPC) in the Frederick News-Post today (our sub-heads,) followed by a comment by Scott Winnette, HPC Chair, and a comment we submitted: The Frederick Historic Preservation Commission’s micromanagement has driven up costs for those who have come before it with their overly demanding, overly arbitrary, overly burdensome standards, and now it’s managed to drive away one Read More

Letter of Interest in position on the City Planning Commission

2015, December 14 | Monday 5:06 am

LETTER OF INTEREST Ms Grimes: I’d like to offer myself as a candidate for a position on the Planning Commission. As my accompanying Bio would indicate I have some familiarity and interest in city planning but no professional qualification. My familiarity and interest is as follows. In my teens at high school in the mid-1950s in Melbourne Australia I read newspaper accounts of different views about a draft longterm plan for the metro area and gRead More

Downtown Hotel/Conference Center - Comment for Mayor & Board hearing 2015-12-03

2015, December 14 | Monday 1:55 am

This is three separate projects a hotel, a conference center, and a new parking garage. We need to unbundle these and consider them separately. The case for the hotel itself is strong. The case for the separate conference center is weak. The case for the new parking deck at this point is dubious, but stronger medium term if other development occurs. Let’s be positive about the hotel. We need a hotel for visitors to stay downtown. It is pathRead More

Downtown Hotel/Conference Center - Comment for Mayor & Board hearing 2015-12-03

The D-word and the HPC - will Bernie Sanders cause Chairman Winnette to reconsider his “profanity"

2015, November 4 | Wednesday 7:40 pm

It was about a year ago during public comment in a hearing of the Historic Preservation Commission that the HPC chairman Scott Winnette interrupted a speaker and threatened to throw him out, declaring he was out of order for uttering a profanity. The profanity, Winnette charged, was the use of the D-word as in: “The Commission’s Guidelines are a DAMN mess…”   (I was the speaker in question.) Now the HPC often attracts profanities from the citiRead More

The D-word and the HPC - will Bernie Sanders cause Chairman Winnette to reconsider his “profanity

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Why Restore Sanity... This website is for people who love Frederick and its history but who are fed up with their bossy nannyish or obstructionist treatment at the hands of the City's "Historic Preservation Commission" - which has become more about nitpicking interference and generating paperwork and hearings than about preservation. Founded with the best of intentions the Commission has morphed into a costly obstruction to property improvements and an unreasonable burden on the people and businesses of central Frederick. The aim of Restore Sanity is to provide a platform for people to document their experiences with this Commission, and...

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