City of Frederick Day 2016 in Annapolis Highlights Key City Projects

Thursday, January 28, 2016 was Frederick Day in Annapolis. Each year, The City of Frederick and its partners update legislators and state leaders on City projects and report on the key infrastructure and growth projects underway. 

"This provides a unique opportunity for Frederick to really showcase our community and the projects that are moving Frederick forward," said Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development for The City of Frederick. The Department of Economic Development coordinates with the Mayor's office and city departments each year to plan the event. 

Photos from Frederick Day in Annapolis.
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Together We Can Grow Frederick's Future
Building a Stronger and Safer Maryland - Project Highlights and Updates

Downtown Hotel and Conference Center / Parking Deck 6

The City of Frederick is partnering with a hotel developer, selected through a competitive RFP process, to construct a privately owned and operated $64M full-service hotel and conference center in Downtown Frederick. The public on-site improvements, including parking, will cost approximately $20M. This is the top priority of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce’s Major Employers Group, and projected to offer many benefits, including: 

  • 207 rooms with 24,000 square feet of meeting space 
  • Public Parking Garages: 750 spaces (100 on-site/650 off-site) 
  • 280 total jobs 
  • $1.5M annually in State taxes 
  • $25.8M in direct, indirect, and induced spending
Frederick Municipal Airport - Maximizing Airport Safety and Capacity

Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK) is the second busiest airport in Maryland and well positioned to become the preferred executive airport in the National Capital Region. It is seeking funding to support a multi-year program to extend the primary runway (5/23) and create space for aeronautical development. Current projects include:

  • Design and demolition of aviation obstructions along Bailes Lane, etc.
  • Washington gas line relocation
  • Demolition of obstructions including 14 buildings near the airport that penetrate protected surfaces or zones
  • Relocation of a gas line owned and operated by Washington Gas
  • Engineering tasks to eliminate obstructions and ensure compliance with FAA criteria
  • Partnering with MAA for design of a snow removal equipment (SRE) building; seeking FY17 grant for construction
These projects will enhance safety, increase airport capacity, and allow us to better accommodate corporate operators with available ramp space and hangar development opportunities.

Shared Use Path Connection Under Route U.S. 15

The City of Frederick is planning a shared use path connection to give cyclists and pedestrians a passage under U.S. 15 as part of a path between Waterford and Baker parks. This critical path will unite the east and west ends of the City and provide an alternate transportation link to employment, Downtown Frederick and The Golden Mile, and community resources.

Project Updates

Monocacy Boulevard/U.S. 15 Interchange Improves Safety and Relieves Congestion
The #1 Infrastructure Priority for Frederick City and County for over 5 years

The Monocacy Boulevard and U.S. 15 Interchange will provide a full-diamond interchange, improving safety by eliminating at-grade intersections on U.S. 15. Design is complete, and construction began in 2015. The project provides:

  • Congestion relief from pass through traffic, local development, and Fort Detrick growth
  • Hiking and biking tails, sidewalks, on-street bike lanes, lighting, landscaping, and pedestrian accommodations
  • Park and Ride with 390 spaces connects to future Rails With Trails 
  • This improvement complements other road improvements, such as Monocacy Boulevard Center Section Phase II, which will add 14,000 linear feet of a 4-lane roadway, alleviate congestion, create safe routes for emergency access during flood events, and add hiking/biking trails, sidewalks, and trees

Culler Lake Renaissance in Baker Park 
Restoring water quality and aesthetic character 

Culler Lake, in the heart of Baker Park, was established 90 years ago. Today, the park is in need of restoration to improve water quality and the aesthetic character of the lake. In partnership with Friends of Baker Park, a two-phased plan is in place to address the restoration. Construction will begin in spring of 2016. The project will:

  • Dredge and restore Culler Lake (Phase I)
  • Install wetlands and stormwater infrastructure to treat approximately 60 acres of untreated impervious area
    (Phase I)
  • Add new shared use paths and fountains (Phase I)
  • Add a pavilion and overlook, additional paths, benches, signage, pedestrian crossing and entrance features, and skate house improvements (Phase II)

Thank You For Your Support 
The State of Maryland helped make these projects possible

Weinberg Center for the Arts Receives New HVAC System
With your support, the HVAC replacement is underway so the Weinberg can continue providing programming throughout the year. This 1,100 seat historic performing arts theater attracts 70,000 patrons and generates $7M in economic impact annually.

Carroll Creek Park Phase II Will Be Complete in Early 2016
This public-private partnership has spanned six administrations. Carroll Creek Park, as a flood control project, effectively removed Downtown Frederick from the 100-year floodplain and restored economic vitality to the historic commercial district. Over $100 million in private investment is underway or planned in new construction, infill development, or historic renovation along the park.

Waste Water Treatment Plant Receives Upgrades

Upgrades to Frederick’s Waste Water Treatment Plant will bring the plant into compliance with recent EPA mandates for ENR. It will reduce nitrogen and phosphorus discharges to the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries and will improve water quality. Construction started in September 2015 with completion expected in January 2017.

U.S. 40 / Golden Mile Improvements

Thanks to the State Highway Administration (SHA) for pedestrian and motorist safety improvements along U.S. 40, also known as The Golden Mile. This multifaceted project included repaving, restriping, reconstructing and upgrading traffic signals, and the installation of pedestrian safety fence.


If you have any questions about these projects, please feel free to contact Mayor Randy McClement. He can be reached at 301-600-1380.

Thank You To Our 2016 Sponsors