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.
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