Frederick Hotel Project OK’d By Legislature Called Growth Catalyst, Boondoggle

Frederick hotel project OK’d by legislature called growth catalyst, boondoggle

Almost 50 miles west of Baltimore lies one of the nation’s redevelopment gems. Downtown Frederick, once a depressing urban center, now receives accolades for its historic charm, vibrant nightlife and robust high-tech economy.
What it doesn’t have is a downtown hotel and conference center. For local leaders, that’s a critical gap — and they’ve secured the state’s help to fill it. They’ve proposed a high-end Marriott hotel, an $84 million project to be financed with $31 million in public money, $16 million of it from Maryland taxpayers and the rest from Frederick County and the city.

The General Assembly approved the money this year with …

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