FREDERICK, Md. (September 14, 2017) — With the City of Frederick Historic Preservation Commission’s (HPC) September 14 decision to allow demolition of the Birely Tannery building, design plans for the Downtown Hotel at Carroll Creek will move forward.

After holding four public workshops over the past couple of months, the HPC has agreed that the retention of the Birely Tannery building would be a deterrent to the construction of this major community improvement program, and that it would not be in the best interest of the majority of citizens to retain the structure.

Plamondon Hospitality Partners, the developer of the Downtown Hotel, does not take the building’s removal lightly, and plans to implement mitigation strategies in collaboration with the HPC, the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) and the community.

"We know that the decision to allow removal of the historic Birely Tannery building was not an easy one for the Historic Preservation Commission,” said Peter Plamondon Jr. “That being said, our next steps will be to find the right way to tell the story of this site and Frederick’s tanning history, and develop a mitigation plan.”

The next public HPC workshop will take place on September 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 101 North Court Street, Frederick. During this workshop, the developers will discuss the first part of the revised hotel design.

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