Ground bro­ken for Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

— Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place is of­fi­cially un­der con­struc­tion as of the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony on Tues­day, June 6.

Formerly Cam­bridge Plaza, the vast prop­erty is now un­der de­vel­op­ment by Fairchild Prop­er­ties, LLC. The mixed-use plans in­clude a Shore Health med­i­cal fa­cil­ity, med­i­cal of­fices, a dial­y­sis cen­ter, a gro­cery store, two banks, Star­bucks, CHICK-FILA, and many of the same re­tail­ers who oc­cupy the space to­day.

Begin­ning con­struc­tion will in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of a brand new en­trance into the prop­erty.

“Thir­teen mil­lion cars are go­ing to be back and forth, and they’re go­ing to see this

en­trance,” said de­vel­oper Char­lie Fairchild. “This is not just any en­trance. It is ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful. What it’s go­ing to do, from Route 50 to I-95, in Mary­land, all the way up an hour from here, all the way over to Ocean City, there will be no other fa­cil­ity, no other en­trance, noth­ing like this. Ev­ery­body will drive by, look at it, and say ‘Wow.’”

The first stages of de­vel­op­ment will also tackle a ren­o­va­tion of the ex­ist­ing, oc­cu­pied re­tail space to­ward the back of the prop­erty. Fairchild said that nearly all of the ten­ants will re­main the same.

“They are re­ally good en­trepreneurs. They know what they’re do­ing,” said Fairchild. “They work hard. They’re a part of Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place, and we are work­ing with them. Here’s to our ten­ants in the back.”

The largest build­ings on the prop­erty, which used to house a K-Mart and a gro­cery store, have re­mained va­cant for many years. Fairchild Prop­er­ties’ plans will see a new gro­cery store and an ex­pan­sive med­i­cal cam­pus to re­place those empty build­ings.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven by, looked at this park­ing lot, then called and talked to Sen­a­tor (Ad­die) Eckardt,” said Del­e­gate Johnny Mautz. “I think we fi­nally have the so­lu­tion. The plan is phe­nom­e­nal. We’re go­ing to bring so many ser­vices to our com­mu­nity, and I can’t thank ev­ery­one enough for the work they’ve done.”

Del­e­gate Sheree Sam­pleHughes and Sen­a­tor Ad­die Eckardt shared his ex­cite­ment for the plans and progress.

“To see this vi­sion come to pass is a bless­ing in and of it­self,” said Sam­ple-Hughes. “The com­mu­nity is here and ready to roll. That’s how it is in this com­mu­nity.”

“We said years ago when we were ground­break­ing for the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, with­out vi­sion, the peo­ple will per­ish,” said Eckardt. “We have vi­sion. This is the cul­mi­na­tion of years of plan­ning, and it is com­ing to­gether. It is so very ex­cit­ing.”

City and county of­fi­cials were also on deck to share how ex­cited they are for work to be­gin on the pro­ject. The process of de­vel­op­ment started years ago, and Fairchild Prop­er­ties has worked with both city and county to make it a re­al­ity.

“How blessed are we to have the Fairchild fam­ily now part of Dorch­ester County,” said Dorch­ester County Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ricky Travers. “We are so for­tu­nate that they have now seen a vi­sion for this piece of prop­erty. We’re mov­ing for­ward, things are pos­i­tive. We’re get­ting things done. This is go­ing to be a shin­ing star on Route 50.”

An­other res­i­dent on the prop­erty will be DaVita dial­y­sis cen­ter.

“This is huge for Cam­bridge,” Fairchild said. “The fa­cil­ity is 9,600 square feet, state-of-the-art, brand new. No­body is go­ing to have to go to Easton any­more. No­body’s go­ing to have to wait. This is for Cam­bridge, for Dorch­ester, for the com­mu­nity. It is big.”

Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health has held sev­eral pub­lic in­for­ma­tion ses­sions to present their plans for the med­i­cal cam­pus to be built at Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place, which would re­place the UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Dorch­ester. In ad­di­tion to the emer­gency cen­ter, the cam­pus would in­clude a 50,000-square-foot med­i­cal pav­il­ion.

The plan is in the early stages, and noth­ing has been fi­nal­ized, but Shore Re­gional Health CEO Ken Kozel be­lieves the move would bring more valu­able and en­hanced med­i­cal care to Dorch­ester County.

Cur­rently, the emer­gency room at Dorch­ester Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal ser ves about 20,000 pa­tients an­nu­ally with an av­er­age of about 20 in­pa­tients a day. The new emer­gency depart­ment would con­tinue pro­vid­ing 24-hour-a-day care, but would have 18 bigger pa­tient rooms, doors for pri­vacy and bet­ter tech­nol­ogy.

Kozel said the new emer­gency depart­ment would pro­vide bet­ter com­fort for pa­tients with a new des­ig­na­tion.

“The state has des­ig­nated a new cat­e­gory of health care, the Free­stand­ing Med­i­cal Fa­cil­ity,” he said. “Our emer­gency depart­ment would earn that des­ig­na­tion. Dif­fer­ence is pa­tients would be able to stay in ob­ser­va­tion beds right on the cam­pus for up to 48 hours.

“That ben­e­fits the pa­tient,” he said. “That ben­e­fits the hos­pi­tal by not us­ing a bed un­nec­es­sar­ily. It lets the pa­tient stay lo­cal un­til a de­ci­sion is made whether they can be dis­charged or have to re­ceive ad­di­tional med­i­cal care.”

The sec­ond build­ing, the med­i­cal of­fice pav­il­ion, would be home to out­pa­tient ser­vices and spe­cial­ists, in­clud­ing imag­ing, x-ray, lab­o­ra­tory, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, di­ag­nos­tic and an am­bu­la­tory surgery cen­ter.

The new med­i­cal pav­il­ion build­ing also would in­clude the bal­ance cen­ter, car­diopul­monary re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter, or­tho­pe­dics, di­a­betes, gy­ne­col­ogy and more.

“To­day’s health care and the fu­ture is not about vol­ume but about the value of med­i­cal care,” Kozel said. “This new fa­cil­ity would al­low us to pro­vide bet­ter, high-qual­ity care.”

Kozel said the big fea­ture would be telemedicine, which would al­low doc­tors and pa­tients to have ex­am­i­na­tions with doc­tors and spe­cial­ists in Bal­ti­more from Cam­bridge.

He cited four ad­di­tional ben­e­fits to the move to Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place: cost sav­ings of $37 mil­lion over 5 years, which is what it would cost to main­tain the cur­rent hos­pi­tal; re­vi­tal­iza­tion of a va­cant shop­ping cen­ter; a highly vis­i­ble and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble lo­ca­tion for the med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties; and free­ing up of the wa­ter­front prop­erty that could be tied into the city’s de­vel­op­ment of the ad­ja­cent Sail­winds prop­erty.

“There’s more to come in the City of Cam­bridge,” said Cam­bridge Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley. “The five city com­mis­sion­ers and the five county coun­cil-per­sons have de­cided that we are go­ing to work to­gether to get things done. As we work to­gether, I like to say ‘Stay tuned!’ Things are go­ing to hap­pen in the City of Cam­bridge.”

PHOTO BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

Break­ing ground for Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place, city com­mis­sion­ers Dave Can­non and La-Shon Foster, County Coun­cil­man Don Sat­ter­field, County Man­ager Jeremy Gold­man, Cam­bridge Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley, County Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ricky Travers, Sen­a­tor Ad­die Eckardt, City Com­mis­sioner Robert Han­son, Sue and Char­lie Fairchild, Shore Re­gional Health CEO Ken Kozel, City Com­mis­sioner Steve Ride­out, Del­e­gate Sheree Sam­ple-Hughes, City Com­mis­sioner Don­ald Syd­nor, Del­e­gate Johnny Mautz, and Hunter and Duke Fairchild.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Ar­chi­tec­tural ren­der­ings of the plans for Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place were cre­ated by Bignell Watkins Hasser Ar­chi­tects.

PHO­TOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

Ar­chi­tec­tural ren­der­ings of the plans for Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place were cre­ated by Bignell Watkins Hasser Ar­chi­tects.

A ground­break­ing cer­e­mony was held to cel­e­brate the start of the new Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place.

More de­tailed plans were drawn by Mes­sick and As­so­ciates.

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