Archived coverage: Hilton Hotel project
Artist's rendering of proposed new building complex. The Catholic Relief Services office would be on the lower right, the base hotel on the upper left, and the hotel expansion in the middle of the two structures. (November 13, 2002)
A city-financed hotel goes up near the convention center
September 20, 2005
Putting a final stamp on what has been one of its most hotly debated endeavors in years, the Baltimore City Council approved plans yesterday to build a downtown hotel by 2008 in an effort to boost tourism and kick-start the local convention industry.
September 15, 2005
A Colorado company will construct Baltimore's publicly financed convention headquarters hotel, city officials said yesterday - replacing Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., which could not keep its projected cost within the budget.
August 29, 2005
Is Baltimore spending $305 million to build a downtown hotel or a prison?
August 16, 2005
After months of intense debate about the city's building and owning a convention center hotel, a wide-ranging dispute over everything from the project's complex financing to its effect on the city's neediest neighborhoods, the matter boiled down to one simple concept for the Baltimore City Council last night: risk vs. potential reward.
August 14, 2005
One morning last spring, not long before Baltimore would find itself neck-deep in divisive arguments about building a public hotel, Myrtle Beach, S.C., readers unfolding their hometown newspaper probably rubbed their eyes, thinking they'd picked up a flea market circular.
July 31, 2005
With only hours left before the first key vote on Baltimore's proposed publicly financed convention center hotel, a whirlwind weekend of dealing and strategizing appeared late yesterday to have built enough support for the project to advance.
July 11, 2005
They are not convinced.
June 28, 2005
Angry religious leaders descended on City Hall yesterday to demand that Baltimore leaders spend city dollars to end blight, not on a $305 million convention center hotel.
June 27, 2005
In an emotional rally yesterday, defiant and determined Baltimore church leaders called upon parishioners to fight plans for a downtown convention center hotel unless the city equally funds the redevelopment of blighted neighborhoods.
June 23, 2005
Standing before a panel of skeptical politicians in the City Council chambers, Baltimore Development Corp. President M.J. "Jay" Brodie conjured up the image yesterday of councils past that had had to make tough decisions on risky public projects - things such as Charles Center, the Inner Harbor and the west-side redevelopment.
June 22, 2005
With the Baltimore City Council poised to consider a publicly funded convention center hotel today, a Baltimore foundation is sharply questioning the need for such a facility.
June 16, 2005
A bill that would form an advisory committee to oversee the creation of a publicly financed convention center hotel was stymied yesterday when too few City Council members attended a public hearing to vote on the matter.
May 12, 2005
Three national builders, including Baltimore-based Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., are in the running to construct the city's proposed $290 million, publicly financed convention headquarters hotel.
May 6, 2005
Baltimore's planning commission enthusiastically endorsed plans yesterday for a publicly financed convention center hotel, saying that without it, the city won't stay competitive in the convention business.
March 30, 2005
Five national builders will compete to construct Baltimore's proposed $290 million, publicly financed convention headquarters hotel after estimates from Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., the builder previously expected to build the hotel, soared beyond projections, city development officials said yesterday.
February 25, 2005
The chairman of a key Baltimore City Council committee said yesterday that he has strong reservations about the city's plans to publicly finance and own a convention headquarters hotel and wants an independent commission to review proposals rejected earlier by the city's economic development agency.
August 11, 2004
Baltimore expects conventioneers to fill as many as half the 750 rooms of its proposed convention headquarters hotel, giving the flagging Convention Center a boost in business.
4:39 PM EST, October 30, 2003
Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley said today that he hopes to make a decison early next week on whether to accept a unanimous recommendation that a 750-room Hilton, proposed by a group headed by Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson, serve as the city's convention headquarters hotel.
October 25, 2003
The most famous view in Baltimore - the cityscape seen from Camden Yards - appears likely to change soon with the construction of a $200 million convention anchor hotel just north of the stadium.
October 2, 2003
The Baltimore region will play host to its largest convention ever in 2006, with 50,000 members of the National Baptist Convention USA Inc.'s Congress of Christian Education meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center.
2:31 PM EDT, September 4, 2003
After more than a year of negotiations, a $130 million luxury hotel development will begin construction next spring in Inner Harbor East, its owner said today.
3:16 PM EDT, April 10, 2003
Sixty days have passed since city officials received three bids to build a major hotel adjacent to the Baltimore Convention Center, and a member of the review committee said today that the panel was seeking to support a development that will benefit the city for many years to come.
January 13, 2003
M.J. "Jay" Brodie became president of the Baltimore Development Corp., the city's quasi-public economic development agency, in 1996.
November 25, 2002
Robert L. Johnson is the founder and former owner of Black Entertainment Television in Washington, D.C.
November 18, 2002
Peter G. Angelos is a longtime lawyer, developer and principal owner of the Baltimore Orioles.
5:15 PM EST, November 13, 2002
The city-owned parking lot near the Baltimore Convention Center downtown has seen a myriad of hotel-development dreams come and go over the years.
November 13, 2002
A proposal for a major convention hotel to be built adjacent to the Baltimore Convention Center - on a city-owned parking lot that has seen grand ideas come and go - is to be unveiled at a City Hall news conference today.