Trans­form­ing the Cam­bridge wa­ter­front

Dorchester Star - - WHAT’S UP - By DUSTIN HOLT [email protected]­pub.com Fol­low Car­o­line/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

CAM­BRIDGE — The Cam­bridge wa­ter­front trans­for­ma­tion con­tin­ues to move for­ward with Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health closer to the pos­si­ble re­lo­ca­tion of the city’s hos­pi­tal to the pro­posed med­i­cal cam­pus along U.S. Route 50.

The other part to the plan is the city’s in­ten­tion to re­de­velop the Chop­tank River wa­ter­front from the port of Cam­bridge site off Hay­ward Street to the prop­erty where the cur­rently hos­pi­tal sits.

The city cel­e­brated the com­ple­tion of stage one when Gov. Larry Ho­gan vis­ited the Port of Cam­bridge and held a rib­bon cut­ting with city of­fi­cials at the end of July for the new 500-foot-long by 40-footwide walk­way at the wharf.

“The lo­cal lead­ers have an ex­cit­ing vi­sion,” Ho­gan said. “This is just the be­gin­ning of a re­ally great trans­for­ma­tion in Cam­bridge.

“We’ve had a great re­la­tion­ship with Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley who has done an in­cred­i­ble job. I want to thank all the part­ners. I want to con­grat­u­late ev­ery­one here in Cam­bridge, Dorch­ester County and ev­ery­body from the state of Mary­land for work­ing to­gether. The state was pleased to com­mit $4 mil­lion to make this hap­pen.”

The $5.7 mil­lion project in­cluded fund­ing from sev­eral sources — $2.5 mil­lion grant from the Mary­land De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion, $500,000 from Mary­land De­part­ment of Busi­ness and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, $1 mil­lion from Ho­gan’s bond bill bud­get and $1.7 mil­lion from the city of Cam­bridge.

The re­con­struc­tion of the wharf in­cluded new steel sheet­ing, new steel pipe piles, new con­crete slabs, pile caps, a new tie-back an­chor­ing sys­tem, light-weight con­crete back­fill, light­ing, bio-re­ten­tion stormwa­ter planters with land­scap­ing and ir­ri­ga­tion and brick paver sur­face.

“I thank you, gov­er­nor, again for bring­ing all your staff and for the money that you have in­vested in this wharf for us,” said Cam­bridge Pub­lic Works Di­rec­tor Odie Wheeler. “It is ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful.”

Wheeler said the vi­sion to re­de­velop the Port of Cam­bridge prop­erty be­gan about seven years ago, and he cred­ited for­mer Cam­bridge Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor Natalie Chabot for lay­ing a strong plan­ning foun­da­tion.

“We all got to­gether in co­op­er­a­tion with the state and the Mary­land Port Ad­min­is­tra­tion,” he said. “Cam­bridge is no doubt, un­equiv­o­cally, go­ing to be much bet­ter off in the near fu­ture.

“Our vi­sion was to get this part done. I call it phase one. Now, we are ready to move on to phase two and three, which in­cludes the par­cel over at the hos­pi­tal.”

Shore Health re­cently filed ap­pli­ca­tions with the Mary­land Health Care Com­mis­sion seek­ing ap­proval to move for­ward with its pro­posed med­i­cal cam­pus at Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place, the site of the for­mer Kmart, along Route 50 in Cam­bridge.

The plan would be to re­place the ag­ing Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Dorch­ester on the Chop­tank River wa­ter­front with a free­stand­ing med­i­cal fa­cil­ity, to be known as Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Cam­bridge. Next to the new med­i­cal cen­ter would be a new med­i­cal pavil­ion with of­fices and ser­vices avail­able to the com­mu­nity.

If the plans for the new med­i­cal com­plex are ap­proved, the 14-acre old hos­pi­tal site along the Chop­tank River wa­ter­front has the po­ten­tial for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment for the city of Cam­bridge and Dorch­ester County.

In May, Shore Health signed a let­ter of in­tent with the city of Cam­bridge and Dorch­ester County to sell the closed site and land to a newly formed wa­ter­front author­ity, Cam­bridge Wa­ter­front De­vel­op­ment Inc. The city and the

county then would be able to de­velop the land.

Though a lot re­mains to be done be­fore plans can move for­ward, the Port of Cam­bridge has been in the spot­light this week with the S.S.

John W. Brown docked at the

new walk­way. S.S. John W.

Brown, one of only two World War II lib­erty ships still op­er­at­ing in Amer­ica, ar­rived in Cam­bridge Aug. 4 and is stay­ing un­til Satur­day, Aug. 12.

Thou­sands have vis­ited Cam­bridge to see the ship. The S.S. John W. Brown will re­main open to the pub­lic the rest of the week from 10 a.m. un­til 4 p.m.

The new 500-foot-long by 40-foot-wide walk­way at the Port of Cam­bridge has been com­pleted and is open to the pub­lic.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Gov. Larry Ho­gan and lo­cal of­fi­cials cut the rib­bon for the new walk­way at the Port of Cam­bridge. Ho­gan met with lo­cal of­fi­cials at the walk­way on July 17.

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