Phillips Can­nery re­ceives grant

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CAM­BRIDGE — East­ern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy (ESLC) an­nounced the Phillips Can­nery ‘Fac­tory F’ re­ceived a $3 mil­lion (of $9 mil­lion avail­able) Mary­land Her­itage Struc­ture Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Tax Credit award reser­va­tion for fis­cal year 2017 from the Mary­land De­part­ment of Plan­ning.

The project is among eight projects se­lected statewide based on the ur­gency of the need for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and the strate­gic lo­ca­tion of the project.

CAM­BRIDGE — East­ern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy (ESLC) an­nounced the Phillips Can­nery ‘Fac­tory F’ re­ceived a $3 mil­lion (of $9 mil­lion avail­able) Mary­land Her­itage Struc­ture Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Tax Credit award reser­va­tion for fis­cal year 2017 from the Mary­land De­part­ment of Plan­ning.

The project is among eight projects se­lected statewide based on the ur­gency of the need for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and the strate­gic lo­ca­tion of the project.

“The re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Phillips Can­nery prop­erty will not only help Cam­bridge re­vive one of Mary­land’s pre­cious re­sources, but also as­sist in sus­tain­ing vi­tal­ity in the com­mu­nity,” ac­cord­ing to an ESLC press re­lease. “The tax credit pro­gram is re­garded as one of the most ef­fec­tive tools for re­vi­tal­iz­ing his­toric com­mu­ni­ties.”

A joint ven­ture be­tween ESLC and Bal­ti­more’s Cross Street Part­ners, the project is mov­ing for­ward in an ef­fort to repur­pose Fac­tory F as a hub for creative food pro­duc­tion, re­tail and small busi­ness, and en­tre­pre­neur­ial ini­tia­tives that build off of the East­ern Shore’s famed farm­ing re­sources and grow­ing lo­cal food econ­omy.

More specif­i­cally, the “Food and Farm­ing Ex­change” would in­clude a mi­cro­brew­ery, kitchen in­cu­ba­tor and mar­ket, share­duse of­fice in­no­va­tion hub, oys­ter bar, and event space avail­able for rent to the com­mu­nity.

But the fi­nan­cial piece of the puz­zle isn’t com­plete just yet.

“With a price tag of $18.5 mil­lion, the new Phillips build­ing still faces stiff head­winds in rais­ing ad­di­tional fund­ing and se­cur­ing ten­ants who will bring the ren­o­vated build­ing to life,” ac­cord­ing to the ESLC. “With an in­cred­i­ble com­mit­ment from town, county, state, fed­eral gov­ern­ment, along with the sup­port of the food and farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties of Cam­bridge and the East­ern Shore, ESLC be­lieves that a re­ha­bil­i­tated Phillips Fac­tory F would pro­vide enor­mous up­sides for ev­ery­one in­volved.”

In an ef­fort to com­bat sprawl on Mary­land’s scenic East­ern Shore, ESLC founded its Cen­ter for Towns Pro­gram in 2011. Di­rec­tor Katie Parks leads the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s of­fer of tech­ni­cal sup­port with projects in­volv­ing the planned con­ver­sion of empty lots, un­der­used or run­down build­ings, and other avail­able space within a town’s al­ready ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture as an al­ter­na­tive to overde­vel­op­ment of ru­ral ar­eas.

“The 60,000 square foot his­toric Fac­tory F build­ing is sig­nif­i­cant due to its as­so­ci­a­tion with events that shaped the his­tory of Cam­bridge,” ac­cord­ing to the ESLC. “Orig­i­nally built in 1920 as a fur­ni­ture fac­tory, the build­ing later be­came part of the Phillips Pack­ing Com­pany em­pire which em­ployed thou­sands in Cam­bridge, pur­chas­ing up­wards of $1 mil­lion in prod­uct from Del­marva farm­ers an­nu­ally.

“The build­ing, while ne­glected and va­cant since the 1960’s, was the only struc­ture spared from de­mo­li­tion and fea­tures an open floor plan, soar­ing ceil­ings, and the op­por­tu­nity to re­tain many his­toric ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures that will im­part the space with an au­then­tic, East­ern Shore man­u­fac­tur­ing aes­thetic.”

PHOTO BY KATIE WIL­LIS

Katie Parks, di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Towns at East­ern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy, sees a bright fu­ture for “Fac­tory F” of the for­mer Phillips Pack­ing Com­pany.

PHOTO BY KATIE WIL­LIS

“Fac­tory F” of the for­mer Phillips Pack­ing Com­pany in Cam­bridge is the last re­main­ing build­ing from the 60-acre pack­ing plant and has been in de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tion for sev­eral decades. A po­ten­tial new project, spear­headed by East­ern Shore Land Con­ser­vancy, hopes to tackle the ren­o­va­tion of the build­ing.

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE

Con­cept art of what the re­stored Phillips Pack­ing Com­pany Fac­tory F might look like in the com­ing years.

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