Busi­nesses com­ing to Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Phase II of the Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place de­vel­op­ment re­ceived the green light from the Cam­bridge Plan­ning Com­mis­sion with a unan­i­mous vote at the Tues­day, July 11 meet­ing.

The plans for Phase II will in­clude a Chick-fil-A, Star­bucks, a new lo­ca­tion for Taco Bell, and Lidl, a Euro­pean-based dis­count gro­cery chain.

Lidl, one of the world’s largest re­tail­ers, op­er­ates ap­prox­i­mately 10,000 stores in 27 coun­tries through­out Europe and is launch­ing a ma­jor U.S. ex­pan­sion, be­gin­ning in Mary­land and Vir­ginia. Its stores strive to of­fer cus­tomers the high­est qual­ity fresh pro­duce, meat, bak­ery items, and a wide ar­ray of house­hold prod­ucts at the low­est pos­si­ble prices.

“We’re very ex­cited to work with Char­lie, and his great vi­sions for Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place,” said Lidl real es­tate man­ager Jamie Won­derly. “We’re ver y ex­cited to be here in the City of Cam­bridge, to pro­vide a unique shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Won­derly walked the au­di­ence through a typ­i­cal store lay­out with fresh flow­ers just in­side the en­trance, a pro­duce depart­ment to the right and a bak­ery to the left, and only six cen­ter aisles, which will be dif­fer­ent from the gro­cery stores with which most Amer­i­cans are fa­mil­iar. She also men­tioned that ap­prox­i­mately ninety per­cent of the stores of­fer­ings are Lidl’s pri­vate la­bel brands, and the store will have reg­u­larly ro­tat­ing sales.

The new Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place was for­mally the site of the now closed Kmart and Su­per Fresh gro­cery store, which left two large build­ing va­cant on the prop­erty.

Phase II of the $20 mil­lion­dol­lar project to ren­o­vate the 24-acre site in­tro­duces the con­struc­tion of new pad sites along Route 50, in­clud­ing the new Lidl gro­cery store. Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place was also re­cently an­nounced as the pro­posed site for the even­tual re­lo­ca­tion of Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health at Cam­bridge, which would oc­cur in later de­vel­op­ment phases.

{span}”There’s been a lot of ex­cite­ment about this project, but now we’re all start­ing to see the op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Bran­don Hes­son, City of Cam­bridge as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment. “That gro­cery store is a key lo­ca­tion, highly vis­i­ble, which has sat va­cant for years, and now we’re see­ing it turn into jobs for peo­ple in our com­mu­nity.”{/span}

Phase I in­cluded im­prove­ments to the re­tail spa­ces with façade up­dates, which be­gan last month. Those im­prove­ments will be fol­lowed by con­struc­tion of the new en­trance and de­mol­ish­ing un­oc­cu­pied sec­tions of the ex­ist­ing re­tail.

“Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place has ar­rived!” said de­vel­oper Char­lie Fairchild. “A new gro­cery store, Chick-Fil-A, Star­bucks, Taco Bell, a new med­i­cal fa­cil­ity, and more re­tail­ers. This means jobs, jobs, and more jobs. This is what we needed. We’ve been work­ing on this project since July 2015. We ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port of the City of Cam­bridge, the county, and state. Above all, we thank our new ten­ants and wel­come them to Cam­bridge.”

Within the mar­ket­place, Lidl will be sit­u­ated in the same space oc­cu­pied by gro­cery stores in the past, but with a brand-new build­ing. Star­bucks, Chick-fil-A, and Taco Bell will oc­cupy sites along Route 50. The old KMart build­ing will likely be the fu­ture site of a med­i­cal cam­pus op­er­ated by Shore Re­gional Health.

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 an 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.

Kozel pre­sented these plans to Cam­bridge City Coun­cil on Mon­day, July 10 and re­ceived a let­ter of sup­port from the coun­cil. The Dorch­ester County Coun­cil has also pledged their sup­port for the project.

Cur­rently, the emer­gency room at Dorch­ester Gen­eral Hospi­tal serves 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 a bal­ance cen­ter, car­dio-pul­monary 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 in Cam­bridge to have ex­am­i­na­tions with doc­tors and spe­cial­ists in Bal­ti­more.

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

A con­cept draw­ing shows Lidl, a Euro­pean-based dis­count gro­cery chain, in Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

A con­cept draw­ing shows a ren­o­vated Taco Bell in Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place.

A con­cept draw­ing shows Chick-fil-A in Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place.

A con­cept draw­ing shows Star­bucks in Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place.

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