With the prospect of a downtown Frederick hotel and conference center back in the news with the reveal of its first 3-D design model and new visual images Thursday, it is the perfect time for several nearby business representatives to weigh in on the project.

And according to those polled Friday, the project gets a thumbs up from its neighbors.

The businesses along Carroll Creek Way are within a short walking distance of the proposed hotel and conference center planned for 200 and 212 E. Patrick St.

Sweeties Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt is one of those businesses.

Manager Nicole Endara said Friday the hotel would likely bring more business to the seasonal shop.

“I feel like it would bring business and more people,” she said.

John McCain, general manager of The Wine Kitchen next door, had similar thoughts.

“I think a hotel would be great for downtown,” he said. “Certainly the location would be great for Carroll Creek and the local businesses on it.”

He added that it would likely boost growth and tourism to the area not only with more guests staying downtown but by attracting more development.

“It would be great for the local economy,” he said.

At Windy City Red Hots on the corner of Carroll Creek Way toward East Street, owner Angel Miranda said he believes a nearby hotel and conference center would increase foot traffic to his business. The Chicago-style hot dog eatery is fairly new to the area after a January grand opening and relies significantly on foot traffic to bring people in.

“It definitely will be helpful. It should bring a lot of people down here,” Miranda said.

The new design for the planned roughly $80 million hotel and conference center includes is one floor shorter and includes fewer rooms than the most recent former rendering. It also had a plan for about 60 more parking spaces than the last rendering.

The project is planned to come to fruition through a public-private partnership with public money from the city county, state and private funds from developers Plamondon Hospitality Partners.

Like the nearby business owners, city and county officials, developers and architects expect it will boost the local economy by bringing new life to an area of downtown that has not seen much activity in years.

An historic trolley building, which housed Frederick News-Post operations from 1968 to the mid-2000s, is set to be rehabilitated into a retail area complete with a possible feature resistant and shops.

The historic Birely Tannery building at the rear of the property is set for demolition within the new design plans. Architects are tasked to develop a plan to preserve the historic elements of city tanning operations with the proposed development.

The design revealed Thursday will go to the city’s Historic Preservation Commission soon for review and approval.

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(11) comments

jerseygrl42

Mallory, this is not surprising, build a hotel and businesses within walking distance will make money....the problem is you asked the WRONG question; you should have asked them how they feel about 40% of the money to build the hotel coming from the taxpayers...you might have got a different answer.....$31 MILLION of taxpayer money to enrich the Plamondons and Randalls...shameful but only if one has any shame ...for some its ALL about the money

gary4books

If they never fund this project, not one penny of taxes will go down. Somebody will get the funds. Why not Frederick?

Frayou

At what expense? When will enough be enough? Again. I am glad for downtown improvement after 20-30 years of revitalization efforts beginning with the Carol Creek Project having sat idle for 20 plus years after being built. But to continue to throw tax payer funded project expansion in the name of supporting downtown local businesses should have its limits. I reference today's publication of the Georgetown Tea business moving to Frederick due to deterioration of sales in Georgetown. (Good Luck) Frederick City is by no means Georgetown suggesting Frederick City will eventually become "Old News" as well one day. Time for city officials/politians to concentrate revitalization efforts on other city areas. Such as crime infested Mile.

Burgessdr

Frayou. Perhaps you are unaware of the Golden Mile Alliance that has worked with the city the last 5-7 years to promote revitalization of the Golden Mile. Perhaps you are unaware of the city's Golden Mile Commercial Property Tax Credit Program that has been around for 10+ years and helped revitalized the Golden Mile. Perhaps you are unaware of the significant revitalization that has occurred in the last 15 years on the Golden Mile. Have you participated in the revitalization task force meetings in the last 15 years?

gary4books

I welcome the use of public funds to support local business. The smaller businesses are just as important as the major players.

gardenwhimsey

If you want public fund to be used for small local businesses, then it should be extended to local business outside the immediate downtown area.

gary4books

Fine with me. There is a process that needs to be followed. What do you want to do?

Burgessdr

Whimsical. Perhaps you are unaware of the city's small business facade improvement program that has to date helped about 80 small businesses. In 2016 the city distributed $100,000 with many busonesses outside the downtown area.

gary4books

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KellyAlzan

we know

gary4books

So - share your thoughts. Move on from just saying "NO!"

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