BG Gateway East Plaza - MP

The former site of the Park Hall manor on East Patrick Street is being considered for the construction of Gateway East Plaza, including development of a shopping center containing eight potential sites. The site is just west of Monocacy Boulevard.

BG Gateway East Plaza — MP

A new shopping center is coming to the site where the historic Park Hall manor once stood on Frederick’s east side.

The project, known as Gateway East Plaza, is slated to consist of a 41,600-square-foot shopping center and 100-room hotel on four lots facing the interior corner of East Patrick Street and Monocacy Boulevard. The city’s Planning Commission last week conditionally approved a preliminary subdivision plat, a final site plan for construction and a forest conservation plan for the project.

The subdivision plat will turn the existing three lots — totaling 11.41 acres — into four lots and make way for eight potential development sites. The forest conservation plan approval also included a vote on the removal of 21 specimen trees, which passed in a 4-1 majority with Commissioner Katie Isaac opposed.

The site planned for the Gateway East Plaza development is vacant but was once the home of an 1870s-era brick manor and surrounding historic buildings known as Park Hall.

In 2012, demolition of the historic structures spurred a public outcry and inspired the city’s demolition review ordinance, which the Board of Aldermen passed in 2013. The ordinance requires all city properties 50 years or older outside of the Frederick Town Historic District to undergo a review from the city’s Historic Preservation Commission before demolition is granted. The reviews determine whether properties are eligible for individual historic designation.

Planning commissioners discussed the project at workshops in December, May and July before approving the plans Aug. 14.

Gabrielle Collard, the city’s manager of current planning, said the developer, Germantown-based Rodgers Consulting, will need to come back to the Planning Commission for approval of architectural elevations for each of the development buildings as they move forward. All of the plans establishing the construction, square footage, location, parking and other details of the development do not need any further approval unless the developer decides to change something, she said.

The property owner is listed as Jordan Crossing LLC, and the applicant is S. Jordan Development.

The context and location of the site, as well as the design considerations that come into play as a result, were topics of discussion in the workshops leading up to the Aug. 14 approvals. According to staff members’ comments, the city’s 2010 comprehensive plan includes the property in the East Frederick small planning area and identifies East Patrick Street at Monocacy Boulevard as a “major city gateway.”

As a result, staff members and the applicant have collaborated to make pedestrian safety and circulation improvements part of the plans. The improvements include using stamped asphalt treatment for pedestrian crossings and allocating two future access points to adjoining developments. As a condition of approval, staff members recommended the applicant record reciprocal access agreements allowing connectivity when the adjacent sites redevelop. The report also said more notable circulation improvements include a main private access road directing traffic from East Patrick Street to Monocacy Boulevard providing access and direction through the site. The developer, in turn, agreed to dedicate a portion of land facing Monocacy Boulevard for future expansion of the corridor.

Several members of the public also commented on the project at the Aug. 14 hearing.

Julia Ferguson with East Frederick Rising said the nonprofit group supports the development in the area. Alan Feinberg, an east side resident and East Frederick Rising member, said the development could be a great way to pull people back in to downtown but voiced concerns about potential traffic issues.

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(21) comments

armillary

Yes, Billy Shreve was in on this illegal demolition.
https://www.fredericknewspost.com/archive/park-hall-is-gone/article_b0f9edaf-485d-5afe-8d0c-6113214a6aac.html

rbtdt5

What was illegal?

armillary

Demolition without permit.

sevenstones1000

No idea where this is.

birdie

Past the fair ground on the right. Before you get to the plaza witht he Roy Rogers and the Sheetz across the street. Heading east on 144

armillary

Wasn't Billy Shreve involved in this as a realtor?

OldJay

I think we have enough hotels in Frederick.

jerseygrl42

Interesting that the word Hotel was removed from the tile in the electronic version...guess they don't want to bring too much attention to the fact that this planned hotel will get NO taxpayer money but the one on the property owned by the former owners of this newspaper is grabbing $31 Million of our tax dollars ....wonder why one can be built with private money as it should be but the other gets the taxpayers to pay 40% of the cost but zero share of the profits...talk about injustice!

bosco

Interesting game the FNP plays with the wording of the online vs print.

rbtdt5

This will be good for that area.

elymus43

Does anything thing ever get turned down by the city planning commission? This is all the more reason to change mayor and BOA in the next city election. There is no need for all this new construction??

richardlyons

In a word "No".

bosco

How far is this from the downtown hotel complex?

Dwasserba

Far.

gardenwhimsey

Not far. This location is on East Patrick Street, a couple of blocks past the fairgrounds.

Traderarb99

Is the site behind belles sports bar?

gardenwhimsey

I think so. The location is very poorly described in the article. I hope these links work. One shows the lot to which I think they are referring and the other is a link to an article printed when they were tearing down the old house....... https://www.google.com/maps/dir/39.4088588,-77.3834798//@39.4060394,-77.3924237,16.75z/data=!3m1!4b1 .............. https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/politics_and_government/family-of-park-hall-owner-makes-plans-to-demolish-follows/article_3b44cb8c-97d7-52c7-85f0-186a9a02875d.html

rbtdt5

It's behind the Sheetz

Ellenatodd

So this is the best idea for the land, another retail shopping center and hotel? With the move towards home delivery, and an increase in retail vacancy, it seems to be in the wrong direction,

Cjc2456

This area is severely lacking a grocery store. I'm not sure if one will be included in their plans but it should be. The closest nearby grocery store is the Weis in Spring Ridge. Walmart is a mile or 2 from here but not within walking distance.

shiftless88

Isn't it the developer who is taking the financial risk? I'm sure they have evaluated this more thoroughly than you (and it is their money). I thought you were a conservative?

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