FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Bed-and-breakfast owners in downtown Frederick say there’s room for more lodging in the historic city center.

Owners of the city’s two downtown B&Bs tell The Frederick News-Post that some boutique hotels would complement their business and bring in more visitors.

Frederick Economic Development Director Richard Griffin says the city has tried to attract boutique hotels. But he says hotel development is expensive and hard to finance in today’s market.

Mayor Randy McClement appointed a committee 13 months ago to bring a hotel and conference center to downtown. The project was part of his 2009 campaign platform, but there’s been no word of progress.

Frederick County tourism chief John Fieseler says he hopes to see boutique hotels and a conference center established downtown as the economy improves.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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