At some point, we will all wake up from this pandemic nightmare gripping our country and our community. And when we do, there will be a lot of work to be done to get us moving again.

Congress is moving toward a gigantic economic stimulus as this is written, and the Federal Reserve is pumping money into the economy at an astonishing rate. Both institutions know that extraordinary times require extraordinary measures.

Our local economy will need stimuli as well, and that may mean that stalled projects which hold promise of increasing growth will be needed — and soon.

The first such project that will come to mind for many, including us, is the long-proposed and long-planned hotel and conference center for downtown Frederick. In the days leading up to widespread closings caused by COVID-19, we saw one ray of bright news.

On March 12, which seems now like a lifetime ago, a new study was released reporting that the project would generate $1.5 billion in new spending in Frederick County over the course of 25 years.

We have long supported the project, arguing that it would be a boon to the historic district of the city in particular, but this study quantifies that assertion.

Rick Weldon, chief executive officer of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, called the hotel the “most important economic opportunity we have seen in a long time in the city of Frederick.”

The study by Hunden Strategic Partners, a real estate development advisory firm, said in its first year, the hotel is projected to generate more than $17 million in gross revenue, growing to more than $22 million annually by its fifth year.

According to the report, such direct spending by visitors at the hotel is estimated at $882 million over 25 years. The rest of the $1.5 billion in new spending includes indirect and induced spending.

Indirect spending is money that the hotel itself spends in the community, such as purchasing linens. Induced spending is money spent by people in the community who might have a higher income as a result of the hotel, such as a waitress who earns more in tips.

The report said that the city and county would collect a combined $61 million in taxes as a result of the hotel over the 25-year period, and the hotel would support 391 new jobs.

The coronavirus pandemic has already dealt a crippling blow to our economy, and we must not allow it to become a fatal blow.

The historic district in particular has been hammered. With row after row of closed restaurants, bars and specialty shops, we worry and cannot help but wonder how many of them will survive. What will our downtown look like in a few months?

Because of the stubborn opposition of local Republican lawmakers, Gov. Larry Hogan has refused to spend money appropriated by the Maryland General Assembly to support the project by helping to pay for the parking needed to complete the project.

The Hogan administration should take a new look at the project in light of the anticipated damage done by the pandemic. But even if it declines to do so, the county and city governments must step up to make this project happen.

The historic district — the pride and joy of Frederick — must not be allowed to slip away when such a useful tool is at hand to revitalize and stabilize it. Get this project done.

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Moon otter

So we all want another Rocky Gap fiasco. Will you ever learn. The only thing that has semi saved Rocky Gap is gambling.

Street92

Sadly, if we don't re-open things and get back to work by Easter, there'll be very little left to see and do in Downtown Frederick, as many of the businesses will simply go under. Also understand that people who used to shop and dine downtown before the Wuhan Coronavirus, may no longer have the disposable cash to do so when things limp back to normal. Many will be too worried about finding the cash to pay next month's rent or car note.

shiftless88

Yes; then the Trump Virus winds down a number of businesses may close. But if there are customers waiting (not everyone will lose their jobs) then people will see an opportunity and open them back up. The is capitalism. With socialism they wouldn't close at all and people would all be employed but that's another story

olefool

Curious... when was the last time anyone had difficulty getting a hotel/motel room in or around Frederick?? It seems to me the owners of the proposed project know it's just a charade that's never going to be profitable hence the pleas for taxpayer money. By the time Frederick city becomes a "destination" city like Annapolis or Salisbury the hotel will be obsolete...

Burgessdr

Terribly uninformed. Frederick County sees 2 MILLION visitors a year. It is a "destination"

Three0fNine

Saw 2 million in the Past. The future is here now and things are changing. Frederick City might see 2 million visitors in 5- 8 years....maybe. Stop living in the past!

shiftless88

Burgess, you leave out the answer to the question. Is Frederick currently lacking hotel rooms? If so, why haven't investors built more?

damienthorn

Everyone: Everyone--including local, regional and state politicians who are against this project--knows that this is all crap. Frederick does not need a downtown hotel and conference center--it just doesn't. Frederick does not have the streets, traffic capability, infrastructure, utilities or parking for such a project. Frederick simply does NOT have the visitor numbers, foot traffic or tourism numbers to justify this project. This project is completely, 100 percent out of touch with what downtown Frederick is and should be--which is low-lying, old-fashioned, aesthetically pleasing, attractive, welcome to tourists, locals and visitors, similar to a real, actual downtown, and low-cost and welcoming to mom-and-pop, local establishments. This hotel and conference center, even though it may be operated by a local company, does NOT fit in with downtown Frederick. There are dozens--DOZENS--of hotels and motels already within five to ten minutes from downtown. There are OTHER conference centers perfectly usable for groups and organizations--including the center out on Route 15 and the hotel at the FSK Mall. And others. AND--this unneeded project will NOT generate "1.5 billion" to the local economy--ever. Come on, folks--this entire thing is ridiculous, on every level. There are about 500 better uses for the old Frederick News-Post property--including a low-cost, grassroots arts center.

Burgessdr

Terribly uninformed. Frederick County sees 2 MILLION vistors a year. Most of them to Downtown Frederick. Guess you are blind, but there is the HISTORIC FSK Hotel downtown that opened in 1922 with 205 rooms and saw over 30,000 guests the first year. So a downtown hotel fitted just fine and there was plenty demand 100 years ago. I do suppprt your first Amendment right to be incoherent

gabrielshorn2013

Got a link for tha don? How many of them are business travelers, and how many are tourists? There is no problem getting a room with the current hotels, why do we need another? Will the privately funded Visitation Academy facility not handle that demand? The revenue projections use a 70% occupancy rate, yet the garage (publically funded foundation, without which there is no hotel) is full at 50%, and that doesn't even consider parking for the employees that you say would be hired. Where is everyone to park? If this boondoggle were viable, it would be built already.

Roboticbrady

" Guess you are blind, but there is the HISTORIC FSK Hotel downtown that opened in 1922 with 205 rooms and saw over 30,000 guests the first year."

That has been turned into rental units because there isn't the demand for a hotel.

gary4books

So, Frederick is not what it used to be. I suspect that it never was.

The Grape of Wrath

Another socialist hotel to stimulate Frederick? Is there any plan for the hotel to pay back its socialism, or is the plan for it to keep the money and buy a new boat for the owners with it?

gary4books

I expect that "sociable" is closer to the facts. Your choice, of course.

Jaco

The world will be changed after COVID-19. It is ridiculous to advocate for a hotel, parking garage, and conference center at a time when thousands of people have lost or are at risk of losing their jobs and homes. People will need “tax-payer funding” to pay their mortgages, rents, or even to afford groceries. The world will have changed when this is all over (as others have pointed out) and we will need to radically reassess our priorities. In my opinion, we don’t need more low-wage paying “service sector” jobs like those available through restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, and many retail stores (including many of the shops downtown). Tourism will be significantly reduced after COVID-19 and people will not have lots of money to blow at restaurants and bars. As others have said, I believe telecommuting and working from home may be the new norm, which will help with climate change. I think back to growing up in Frederick County when agriculture and manufacturing were the predominant job opportunities, not tourism and service sector jobs. Is it really that fascinating to walk around downtown Frederick and look at red brick buildings and a stagnant canal?

gary4books

Actually, it is a good place to visit. Perhaps it is too familiar to you to appreciate how lively it is.

sofanna

The FNP has room to put in this "editorial", but do not have room to publish a list of SCAMS preying on people. FNP is no longer a County, community paper. They add garbage from other newspapers to fill up space, which could be used to WARN PEOPLE OF SCAMS. This hotel project belongs in the landfill. I DO NOT WANT MY TAXES to be used. If people want it, let them fork over the money!!!

petersamuel

Agree, Sofanna. You provoke this thought: If the Plamondon company says it needs $20 million it should set up a limited liability company and do a share offering and see if it can raise the money from people who say they believe so passionately in the project. If it is as great as the propaganda studies they get consultants to produce then they'll all make a lot of money. And good luck to them. If, however, as many people think it's a bummer of a project then they'll lose their money. Such projects are inherently a gamble. Rich people can afford to gamble but governments have no right coercing us all into such gambles by putting taxpayer money on the table.

Girl No.3

I just signed is to see which demented opportunist thought this was an appropriate time to write this. Now I know.

Three0fNine

Any "study" for the economic impact forecast of this hotel cannot be trusted any more! The US is and will continue to evolve away from conferences and business travel. Millions of workers are working from home and will not be going to a company office any more. We like not driving an hour+ (bye, bye I270!) each rush hour!

Btw, I've always wondered why the old FNP site was chosen? There's wide open spaces just up the road between the I-70 interchange and MARC Station that has alot more accessibility if it has to be built at all.

gary4books

Downtown hotels do depend on walk in guests and as in most real estate the important factor is "location, location, and location."

threecents

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public-redux

gabriel, Don’t know if you saw it but I hinted at a solution to your jaydub problem here:

https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/continuing_coverage/coronavirus/a-look-at-what-maryland-businesses-are-deemed-essential-in/article_9bec1df9-aeda-5348-ba83-77b2cfc9d754.html#comments

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phydeaux994

In what FC town is your Bunker located? Anyone who stays away from Downtown or the Golden Mile because of perceived crime is a Sissy. Unfounded Fear based on stereotypes traps you in a small World.

Jane and Ed

Seriously?

When this Coronavirus pandemic is over the world will be different in so many ways. Besides the fact that NONE of the economic projections in this new hotel study are based upon the current economic conditions! There will be a global recession, there are thousands of companies going bankrupt now. And Companies that formerly met in expensive office buildings, are realizing they will only survive if they can do their work from home. NOW they realize there is no need for the expense of face to face conferences in hotels.

The people who can't work from home are in real trouble. Many are in desperate need of financial help to keep their families from becoming destitute.

And this editorial writer thinks they should give up more for a big Marriott?

Shame on them!

bicep42

More corporate welfare isn’t a very popular concept right about now. The tone deafness and desperation surrounding this ill fated project is MIND BLOWING.

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threecents

European Power, right Kelp?[thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown]

DickD

Please do not bother us anymore with your hotel. If you want one, spend your money, not ours. And don't let the Plamondons and Randalls enrich themselves over this disaster.

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threecents

Kelp, Wow, I just realized your avatar is a blue eye.

MD1756

How about the FNP pitches the idea on Shark Tank to see if they can get the funding for the project since you seem to like it so much. I would love to watch "Mr. Wonderful's" reaction.

gabrielshorn2013

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threecents

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dtwigg

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gardenwhimsey

Only when the Plamondons sign a promissory note guaranteeing ",,,the project would generate $1.5 billion in new spending in Frederick County over the course of 25 years..." will I endorse the use of public funds to benefit a private investment.

MD1756

FNP if you're so excited about a hotel, why don't you invest your money in it and leave tax payer dollars out of it. Do you really think that if people have been without pay and companies without revenue (or reduced revenue for a while) they will suddenly say "Hey why don't we have a conference in Frederick?" If you want public money spent in the downtown area, how about a world class health care facility? When will people realize (and the FNP too) that we don't need continued growth. Do you want Frederick to look like Rockville, Baltimore, NYC? When will you be happy that we've grown enough? Your relying on a study as a ray of hope is ridiculous. Hotel jobs typically are not high paying. You see what can happen to certain sectors of the economy when a crisis stikers so why build something that can easily fold? Why not build something (like a world class health care facility that would dovetail in with the 270 technology corridor) that will be needed no matter what and will actually have a positive impact on the lives of the citizens around Frederick, in Maryland and in the country? After all, Frederick has roots in being a hospital city during the 1860s. Room cleaning jobs will not pay more for the services they then demand than the revenue generated from the income tax. Raise room tax too high and businesses will choose other places to have conferences.

You further state "The report said that the city and county would collect a combined $61 million in taxes as a result of the hotel over the 25-year period, and the hotel would support 391 new jobs." what if with those new jobs comes 200 more children (just one time). At a 2019 per pupil funding of $13,970 that's almost $2.8 million per year compared to the $2.4 million per year in revenue. So already the project is a money loser for tax payers just on current education costs alone. By the time you add in the added cost for Kirwan, and other noneducation services, the project is clearly a loser. At least if a world class health care facility were to be built, there would be higher paying jobs which would generate more tax and people could travel to Frederick and stay at existing hotels. Please go find something else to editorialize about.

gabrielshorn2013

Excellent commentary md1756. They have to factor in ALL of the costs, and not just cherry pick the ones they like.

threecents

Can individuals invest in it? I would be interested.

gabrielshorn2013

Sure! The Plamondons will be happy to take your money! Let us know if they offer you a slice of the take in return.

mrnatural1

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Burgessdr

Incoherent argument. Lets take your 200 more children. First of all if you werent ignorant you would know that about half the people that work in frederick come from outside the county. So that would make 100 children. Second if you had any tiny bit of sense you would realize that the parents of those children pay state income tax and real estate taxes either directly or indirectly through rent. What a stupid argument. With that logic you would be opposed to ALL businesses that generate jobs and thus children.

thump1202

FNP and Plamendon: If you want this hotel so bad, PAY FOR IT YOURSELVES!

kfmd

How about if we just support the private hotel that is currently being built?

gary4books

We do. It gets tax breaks.

gabrielshorn2013

As does anyone building in the "historic district" Gary. The hotel developers are trying to get up-front taxpayer funds (so-called public parking garage that will be full at 505% occupancy, etc.). There is a big difference, and this has been explained to you by many people many times. It is also not a courtesy. It is a private business enterprise. Big difference there too.

gary4books

You do tell me many times. I just do not agree.

gabrielshorn2013

You don't understand that there is a big difference between upfront funding, and foregoing a certain amount of tax revenue for a set period? Hmmm...

gabrielshorn2013

^^^ 50% NOT 505%

KellyAlzan

FNP - you are disgusting, exploiting the pandemic, putting a dollar value on people’s lives. Horrible horrible discretion to even consider writing such an editorial.

gary4books

Pb.? I think so.

Piedmontgardener

Forget it. Private hedge fund capital just evaporated for speculative (and this is a hugely speculative) projects and public money will be needed to keep people above the sink line. A spectacularly out of tune and nakedly personal op/ed.

Dwasserba

OMG Real estate development advisors are interested in real estate development! Was this ever tacky to bring this up again! Now! "People are dying. Let's get that hotel done!" WOW

KellyAlzan

I was literally thinking the exact same thing right before I saw your comment.

joelp77440

If you look at the comments, it looks like all of Frederick hates the hotel idea. Actually, it's the opposite. It's just the same group of people, over and over and over again. They will say anything from taxpayer money to bed bugs. Remember, the state is no longer paying for a portion of it, yet you hear the tax debate being brought up constantly. Ignore them, they are lost.

KellyAlzan

People on the golden mile. People in dearbought, do not want a tax payer subsidized hotel.

KellyAlzan

Whether it’s state, county, federal, city, or town monies; it’s still tax payer subsidized. Learn your words.

gary4books

Joelp - We never expected a great money making hotel. Just wanted to provide a service to visitors and tohelp local businesses.

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MD1756

[thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown] to tax payer subsidized service (which you previously called a courtesy)

gary4books

And it can be both. Now you are picking nits.

DickD

If it is going to be such a big help to businesses, Gary, let those businesses "pony" up the money. This is a private business, let the private businesses finance it.

gary4books

Businesses are for profits and not to help visitors. That is where our city money can help. Not your money. You do not live in the city. Be happy.

gabrielshorn2013

Then use city money Gary, not county money, not state money.

gabrielshorn2013

They're still asking joelp. Not only for State funds, but also County funds (aka, taxes). County residents object to this boondoggle too, and I imagine most of those that object here are County residents. There should be NO public funding for a private business enterprise. If it is a viable option, private funding would have had this built long ago. It is not a viable private enterprise.

KellyAlzan

I am waiting for Peter Samuel to correct / school Joel. Peter usually shows up on this topic in late afternoons

MD1756

It doesn't matter if the tax payer dollars used are local, state or federal. They should not be used for a project like this. I don't offer to invest my own resources in this project because 1) I don't believe the reward is worth the risk of my own money and 2) I believe there are better uses for the space as I mentioned above.

threecents

Last I heard most of Frederick's elected officials support some public funding for the hotel/conference center, so Joel is probably correct that the FNP comments do not reflect popular opinion.

gabrielshorn2013

Of course the Frederick officials support it three. It is somebody else's money being spent for their benefit. That's the way it seems to be anymore. Reduce your personal outlay by using others' money.

fredfredfred

And this small group thinks constant negative and attacking commentary is going to change people's minds. Time to move on to the next hot button topic for them.

threecents

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KellyAlzan

A tax payer subsidized idea that has people furious. Nobody wants a tax payer subsidized hotel. Stop being foolish. Stop. Just stop.

steelersfan2005

did you take a poll of who actually wants and does not want it, or do you habitually just like to assume?

KellyAlzan

I participated in the poll, if it’s any of your business.

KellyAlzan

My post makes no mention of which poll. There is more to the area than the Frederic news post.

gabrielshorn2013

Did you miss the poll here on the FNP website steelersfan?

KR999

Sorry Gabe, but I'm of the opinion that any poll, like the one the FNP has everyday, where anyone can vote more than once is useless and bogus.

threecents

FNP polls are not reliable. If you don't believe me, then ask Kelly how many times she voted.[smile]

fredfredfred

Wow so now FNP polls are the only guage of public and business community support....think about that for a minute.

gabrielshorn2013

understood guys, but SF asked if there was a poll, and there was. I didn't comment on its accuracy.

I didn't think the FNP polls allowed more than one response anymore.

gabrielshorn2013

You're extrapolating fred^3. Who said of was the only poll? Nobody. It was A poll.

joelp77440

It has you and the 4 other people who comment frequently on this topic furious.

LizardS

There's no grocery store within a couple of blocks of the square corner, but we really, really need a hotel there. One that is subsidized by the taxpayer so that everyone involved in the hotel's development gets a sweeter deal.

steelersfan2005

because no grocery store wants to come into town because they all see everyone whine.

Obadiah Plainsmen

A whine and cheese store next to the hotel would be a very lucrative business.

gary4books

Piffle.

KellyAlzan

Thank you! And no hotel wants to come to town. Hence the reason Marriott haven’t.

KellyAlzan

Welcome back DONALD BURGESS, been a while!

gabrielshorn2013

I was thinking the same thing Pb.

KellyAlzan

We can change our user names but we can’t change our online personality and writing style.

MSAMV55

Not if it's going to be subsidized by taxpayer money. That's the issue. Period. If having a big fancy hotel downtown would be such an amazing no-brainer economic boon, it would be built -- by the private sector. But throwing taxpayer dollars at a likely boondoggle that will only benefit developers, speculating investors, and the local government tax coffers -- no thanks.

"Because of the stubborn opposition of local Republican lawmakers, Gov. Larry Hogan has refused to spend money appropriated by the Maryland General Assembly to support the project by helping to pay for the parking needed to complete the project."

Whatever. Might that "stubborn opposition" be rooted in common-sense skepticism about, again, throwing loads of public money into what will be a privately-owned project? And is downtown Frederick really short on parking decks as is? Really?

gabrielshorn2013

Have you no shame FNP? Let no tragedy go to waste, huh? How in the world would this help "recovery" when it would take years to construct? I Rick Weldon believes his membership will benefit from thos boondoggle, then let his members invest their money, not taxpayer funds from the state and county. Pretty simple. At just 50 percent occupancy, the parking garage (aka hotel foundation) will be full. The financial projections are using a 70% occupancy rate, so where are those additional 20+%, plus hotel staff, supposed to park? And no, this is not a courtesy. It is a private, for-profit business. If it were viable, it would already be built.

Come on already. Give it up!

steelersfan2005

well lets see, people stay in the hotel, they go into downtown and spend money, wow, what a concept.

KellyAlzan

You’re Missing the point. Out of context.

KellyAlzan

By day’s end, samual will be setting you straight, just like he always does.

Dwasserba

It's out of scale.

gabrielshorn2013

No [censored] steelersfan??? Well, if that were true, let the private beneficiaries of this private business venture pony up their private funds and support it. Wow, what a concept!!! I don't care if they build it. Just build it with investment funds, not my taxes, not the taxes of their competitors (additional hotel tax) as proposed. Do you dispute the facts about the parking garage? It is 50% under capacity, meaning that half of the guests, and hotel personnel) have to park somewhere else. What guest will want to schlep their luggage down the road to get to their hotel, especially at night, or in bad weather? As a frequent business traveler, if that happened to me, that would be the last time I stayed at that hotel, and I would tell the management why. There will be ample parking at the Visitation Academy hotel, which receives no taxpayer funding.

threecents

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llrowse

If that hotel goes up, there will be some wealthy tow companies.

dtwigg

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Frayou

“Because of the stubborn opposition of local Republican lawmakers, Gov. Larry Hogan has refused to spend money appropriated by the Maryland General Assembly to support the project.....”

Correction. The “stubborn opposition” is representing the majority of county taxpayers who do not want this elitist social club for downtown business leaders & politicians built using tax money. FNP, you are insulting the tax payer as well as many of your customers & readers...like me!

DickD

Me too! This is an insult!

dtwigg

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gary4books

If the Hotel Project had moved along when proposed, we would have a downtown hotel and potential rooms for those who might want to quarantine away from family or even need a place to go. The hotel would be useful now in our time of need. The opposition has been very determined, if short on facts, to say "never use MY money." And how many ever stay in a hotel? Aside from our virus problem, the hotel will still help local businesses and be a courtesy to our visitors. That makes it worth some public money, as are our visitor center and other means to greed and help visitors. Let the "boo birds" chatter and gain what they will from their voices. I have yet to see a good reason to not support this project.

tonyc51

"a good reason to not support this project.". may I suggest as others have that the money could be much better used helping existing businesses recover. As to providing a place for people to self quarantine, I only asks what is the current occupancy rate of the existing hotel/motels during this problem?

Dwasserba

Yes we are all in hotel rooms now. No jobs. Investments tanked. Kids out of school, bored and running amok. We are flooding hotels with our contagiousness and promises to pay if/when we have money again. They've thrown out the welcome mat.

DickD

Slim to none, in answer to your question. Did it occur to you the editor is being forced to write this articles?

gary4books

DickD - Forced? For what reason? Are you forced?

dtwigg

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MD1756

A world class hospital would be better in our hour of need.

petersamuel

Gary: when City government chooses one hotielier to be the recipient of tens of millions of public dollars this is wrong because (1) there are higher priority uses for those dollars, such as improving flood control, fixing the roads, policing etc that only the City can do (2) no City staff nor any other publiuc officials know much about the hotel business so they aren't likely to be very good at it (3) so to gain support they will employ consultant after consultant to try justify it (4) meanwhile investors who might build hotels on their own dime will be scared away by the prospect of having to compete with a guy who has the backing of local pols and whose debt service is going to be much lower due to the taxpayer support (5) local business is not helped by local politicians known to play favorites and by a project whose viability remains in doubt and which goes on year after year without ever breaking ground.

Jaco

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Right on, Peter!!!

gabrielshorn2013

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] Spot on as usual petersamuel!

gary4books

"greet"

Reader1954

ha ha nice try

Obadiah Plainsmen

As usual the Frederick News Post is a day later and dollar short. Congress opened America's wallet and passed a "gigantic economic stimulus" package. If you had any foresight you should have asked Trone and Raskin to have the hotel included in the package, Pelosi would have agreed.

gary4books

There is still time.

DickD

I hope Pelosi wouldn't do that, you are confusing her with the all time con man, Trump.

gary4books

Pelosi and Trump confusion. Not in a billion years woud I do that. I mean there is still time to apply for funds. Not that I expect anyone to do it. The hotel is for later on when we are less stressed.

elmerchismo1

This study on the benefits of the downtown hotel was done by "a real estate development advisory firm," Big surprise. After the crisis cools, why not funnel this amount of money toward the recovery of those local businesses you say are being devastated instead of into a project that is of benefit mainly to developers and investors.

francesca_easa

Great idea elmerchismo! And save some money in a rainy day fund too.

fredfredfred

And who do you reccomend do a study? A company that doesn't know how real estate is developed or how the tourism industry works? Would you ask someone with no experience to review or study something you work on? The project will put 150-300 people in the downtown businesses every night, think that might help them????

LibertyLost

There comes a moment when one has to ask someone who keeps coming at the citizenry with an issue that exemplifies the failures, or and the potential that politician may be a psychosis. FACT: 80% of our nations municipalities have tied our treasuries to Municipal Bonds. Today - that market is frozen. No one is trading municipal bonds, and for the foreseeable future no one wants to buy municipal bonds. The fact is, going forward through this pandemic, and on the other side of this pandemic lay - NO MORE BUSINESS AS USUAL! NO MORE OPEN FOR BUSINESS garbage pr. So - on the budget that Ms. Gardner will discuss to day - at the top of the list: 28 million dollars for school maintenance. At a time when schools are closed - may I recommend that amount be cut in half set into reserve for the looming needs for individuals and families. Using the other half to expand on-line learning. This would be a marvellous way to cut the educational spending dramatically, while really challenging children and families to engage on levels usually reserved for the "ideal" - We don't need to a hotel/conference center, and by God - we can not finance a project for an entertainment, tourist industry that will not be coming back for some time.

Before this all hit - I reviewed transcripts from townhalls across the country. There was one question that kept being missed, but articulated in a number of ways. Then finally - someone stood - as asked the candidate: "How can you live with yourself?" Pimping old, ruinious bond driven models of public treasury investment are finished. We - all of us - see what is next. WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE. Wait, work, tend to what we have. What we have must be worth nurturing, amending, modifying. Counties are going to need every penny in the times ahead. Today Ms. Gardner will be discussing the CIP budgets, and intentions to move ahead with the building of a school in Brunswick, a library in Middletown, and a refurb of the Animal Control facility. Hotel/conference center ... at this moment in his/her-story. Can you imagine the conversations leading up to writing and printing this manifesto of the ... what-cha-ma-call-its.

KellyAlzan

Yes FNP, we get it, you’re fulfilling the purchase agreement for the FNP by advocating this stupid tax payer subsidized private owned hotel that nobody wants.

llrowse

Give it up. Nobody wants that hotel.

gary4books

As a retired librarian, I AM a "nobody." But I am comfortable as I am.

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steelersfan2005

so now you are evoking sexism as well?

Dwasserba

Lots of nobodies don't want it. Lots of nobodies don't even know about it to have an opinion. The only nobodies that apparently matter in this are the ones in favor. This editorial insults everyone else. A hotel idea like this failed in Baltimore. Look it up.

DickD

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fredfredfred

Hotel in Baltimore you are referring to had a completely different ownership and business model. Apples and Oranges comparison.

gary4books

"Girls" do our best work. They have a history of being teachers, nurses and even librarian. It is an honor to follow in their path. Only the best can aspire to do that, in my opinion - of course.

DickD

Gary if enough of us nobodies get together we can be somebody. lol

gary4books

Wecan be important as a group. But it does help to agree or at least to be on the "same page."

threecents

That was humor, not sexism... I think.

gary4books

Humor or? Sometimes it is difficult to tell one from the other.

DickD

Still. LOL

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