There’s potential progress on a few projects of note in the city of Frederick.

Downtown hotel and conference center

The city’s Board of Aldermen were set to discuss the downtown hotel and conference center at a July 23 workshop, but the meeting was canceled.

The discussion is now tentatively set for Sept. 3, said Nikki Bamonti, executive assistant to Mayor Randy McClement.

A committee has been meeting to evaluate the two proposals that were submitted for the project in May, one from Plamondon Hospitality Partners for a hotel on the old Frederick News-Post site on East Patrick Street, and one from The Wormald Cos. for a hotel on the Galleria property on East Street.

Once the committee reaches a decision on which company should be awarded the project, it is to give its recommendation to the mayor and board.

The committee has a bit more to work out before that happens, Bamonti said.

And first, the aldermen need to discuss tax increment financing, which could be used for the hotel, Bamonti said. That topic is tentatively set to be discussed during Wednesday’s workshop, she said.

Frederick Towne Mall and new Wal-Mart

The plan to demolish Frederick Towne Mall on U.S. 40 and build a new Wal-Mart and shopping center won’t be on a public hearing agenda for another month or two.

The previous administration voted in July 2013 to allow for a developer to move forward with its plan for the site.

Since then, the developer has met with the Planning Commission in workshops and the topic was supposed to come before the commission at a public hearing this month.

The city is still receiving analysis from a traffic study, though, so a staff can’t yet make a recommendation, Bamonti said.

The applicant is requesting a continuance of up to 60 days. The item could be on the Sept. 8 or Oct. 13 planning commission agenda.

Hargett Farm and the Westside Regional Park

City staff collected feedback from residents last week about what they wanted to see on the old Hargett Farm on Butterfly Lane as it is developed into a regional park.

City staff has already put together a plan to build an aquatic center, a stadium, multiuse sports fields, an adventure park and other features on the 150-acre space, but the city’s elected officials wanted to give people one last chance to weigh in.

In the three meetings it hosted, city staff heard some good suggestions, Bamonti said.

There were ideas to make the stadium covered so it could host concerts, to make the stadium available for cultural festivals, and to add baseball fields that could be used for tournaments, she said.

Staff will present what it learned to the mayor and board soon, she said.

City smartphone app now available for Android phones

The city of Frederick has developed an app for smartphones, and it is now available for iPhones and Android phones.

The app, called “iSpires,” can be used to report code enforcement complaints, potholes and other problems in the city, as well as to send messages to the mayor and Board of Aldermen.

The app is free and available for download on the city website, or by searching for “iSpires” in your phone’s app store.

Tennis and basketball court resurfacing

Several city tennis courts and one basketball court will be closed for resurfacing starting Aug. 18.

That includes all tennis courts in Baker Park, Overlook Park and Monocacy Village Park, and the basketball court in Wetherburne Park.

If you see someone damaging or hindering the resurfacing, call the Frederick Police Department at 301-600-2100.

Send notes about your city government to Jen Fifield at jfifield@newspost.com.

(18) comments

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darththevader

Do you have a clue what you are reading or posting? The committee is about a downtown hotel. Nothing to do with Wal-Mart, Home Depot, or Boscovs.

eyelounge

Sorry Darth/Blaine, the committee is not interested in your plans for a Taj Mahal hotel at the current location of FCPS

darththevader

Ummmm....what???

steven09

Using the current hotel tax to finance a new competitor is just ludicrous and defies any sense of a free market economy. I'm all for a new downtown hotel, but not on the backs of other area hotels.

darththevader

Who is on this hotel site committee and why is the City awarding the project?

joelp77440

Please God, do not let the The Wormald Cos. win the bid. Learn from the Nexus drama and pick a team that will make it happen. May cost a little more in the short term but they will get the project done.

elymus43

The city leaders love to dream. None of these projects are needed. They should sell the land to a farmer.

sue1955

I doubt seriously that the city government cares about that little bit of land (on the Hargett Farm) used for gardens. If the sold land contains that garden (and it very likely does), it will be bulldozed over along with those dilapidated houses and out buildings when the time comes. That park will be a monstrosity. I also agree with a commenter a few days ago, in connection with a previous article on the subject, that the insurance and cost of maintenance will be prohibitive. The potential crime is another big factor.

As I've commented previously a couple times, I think that the proposed hotel is a bad idea. I won't go into all that again, but for the city government to envision that the hotel is to be considered as a luxury destination is absurd.

trashboat

This hotel is already a disaster.

darththevader

How is it a disaster?

skjer531

we donot need another walmart

upyourgazoo

Why?

crikeyalmighty

Re Hargett Farm. I hope the powers that be do not ignore what is clearly evident and that is people are making very good use of a portion of the farm now by growing their own produce. Any plan should preserve and even expand this idea of allotments for anyone who wishes to have a place to cultivate. Is is as, if not more important than baseball fields and a stadium imo and certainly a lot cheaper!

catcher

I don't think the Walmart is happening. (BTW, FNP, the stores have been styled as "Walmart" and not "Wal-Mart" since 2008.) I just don't see any movement on Walmart III, and the chain is contracting, not expanding. I hope the city has kept its other (and better!) options open.

darththevader

City's options open??? It's not City property

upyourgazoo

That doesn't matter here in the People's Socialist Republic of Maryland.

wzyq104

Interesting point, catcher. The city's leaders should have known all along that Walmart is not the way to go.

It's possible that Mayor McClement didn't experience the "glory days" of the Frederick Towne Mall (the mall was ruined by greedy, shifty development landlords- possibly the same ones that support Frederick County's gigantic political disaster known as Blaine Young).

After all, Mayor McClement is a former used car salesman/bagel shop owner (when he moved from Montgomery County to Frederick)- and another reason why the city should not be governed by corrupt, ineffective businesspeople.

Again, Frederick doesn't need a third Walmart location. Frederick's leaders have failed to understand that the city should have wider variety when it comes to shopping and entertainment, not more of the same.

Expect to see more blight in the area if this disastrous decision is approved by the city's ineffective (corrupt) leaders.

upyourgazoo

If you don't want WalMart to spend millions because "the city should have wider variety when it comes to shopping and entertainment, not more of the same", feel free to pony-up your cash and open something else.

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