Cambridge officials discuss recent development plans, other city projects
CAMBRIDGE, Md. – The current mayor of Cambridge and City Council held their final meeting Monday night, before an entirely new group of people take over those roles in January.
“There’s hope for a lot of activity out there. The state has been an important player and very excited about it,” says Patrick Comiskey, the City Manager for Cambridge.
Waterfront development was one of the main topics discussed at Monday’s Cambridge City Council meeting. More specifically, a piece of land known as the Gateway was officially turned over to Cambridge Waterfront Development Incorporated (CWDI).
“As the development occurs they can work with the community to plan on a garden or open space or murals to make that area look more inviting to people come down route so they’ll come into the city,” says Stephen Rideout, a Cambridge City Commissioner.
CWDI is also planning to develop other properties in the city in the future but officials felt those discussions should be postponed. “Everybody kind of felt it was the type of project that the new city commission and the new mayor ought to be involved with since they are going to be the ones carrying the project forward,” says Comiskey. “There’s an interest there of the current Yacht Maintenance to expand their facility. They’re going to put in a larger lift. They’ve already told council this a while back, when the city commission leased additional land, that they were going to go in put in a big lift to bring bigger boats in.”
CWDI, in partnership with BCTDesign Group, is launching an online survey to get ideas and opinions about the future of waterfront development at Sailwinds. Officials say ideas will be considered by CWDI in the shaping of a development master plan which will guide development decisions over the next several years.
The Cambridge Waterfront area subject to development planning extends from the Burton Fishing Bridge to Cambridge Creek and encompasses approximately 40 acres.
The survey website is https://www.bctdesigngroup.com/cambridge. It can be accessed beginning December 10th. If you prefer a paper copy of the questionnaire, you can contact Sandra Tripp-Jones, Executive Director, by email or phone at 805-453-4480.
City leaders also shared plans to fix up the fencing at Cornish Park on Phillips Street. “It was a no brainer. The state was providing most of the money. The city had to put in a little and the county put in a little and it will make that park a more attractive place to be,” says Rideout.
Perhaps one of the most exciting developments involves the Mace’s Lane Community Center. The city is officially on board with supporting programming there which may involve a potential chapter of the Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis. “I think it will provide an opportunity for us to help the children in this community and the elderly to have programming and resources that they have not had before,” says Rideout.
Meanwhile, Fairchild Properties is working on a few projects by the Walmart so city leaders say they’re excited about that area’s future as well. “It’s good to see that there’s still positive growth and interest in the development of the business community along the corridor,” says Comiskey.
The hospital will likely be moving into the new location in the Cambridge Marketplace late next year. The current hospital building will likely be demolished and that is expected to cost anywhere from one-million to two-million dollars.
Additionally, Delmarva Community Services is planning to put a 61-unit housing building for seniors and low-income families on Chesapeake Avenue near the high school.