City Considers Proposals for Downtown Frederick Hotel

- FREDERICK, Md. - The City of Frederick is considering two proposals as they look to bring a hotel to the Downtown Frederick area.

"It's gonna make a huge impact in the community, having a ballroom where we could have events with 700 to 800 people sit down, but also for the small merchants and restaurants in the area," said Richard Griffin, director of economic development for the city.

City officials say a hotel facility in Downtown Frederick would create about 280 jobs and generate between $16m to $18m worth of economic impact annually.

"From payroll and sales and a number of different other things," said Griffin.

One proposal is from a hospitality group that owns Marriott hotels in the area, The Plamondon Companies. The Plamondon Companies in conjunction with Peter Fillat Architects and Project Development Services, Incorporated (PDSI) put a proposal forward for a 207 room full-service hotel with more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space at 200 East Patrick Street on the North side of the Carroll Creek Park.

The second proposal comes from The Wormald Companies, in conjunction with BPM Partners, for a 225 room also full service hotel at 107 South East Street. It would be adjacent to the Delaplaine Center for Visual Arts Education.

City officials say the hotel will carry a flagship brand. It's a project many people we spoke with say they support.

"We've had a real challenge finding lodging for our clients visiting the city downtown because they want to be in a walkable mixed use downtown," said local business owner Seth Harry.

Frederick County resident Jackie Henderson says having to send clients to Shepherdstown, W.Va., for a business appreciation weekend in Frederick wasn't ideal.

"We had people that came in and we ended up having a big weekend for them and we had them end up going to the Bavarian Inn," said Frederick County resident Jackie Henderson.

City officials say they hope to have development and construction begin on the hotel in 2015.

The Downtown Hotel Advisory Committee says they plan to make a recommendation the Frederick Mayor and Board of Alderman on which proposal they think is best for the City of Frederick.

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