CAMBRIDGE, Md.- A public meeting was held Thursday night to discuss future plans for the development of Sailwinds Park in Cambridge.
The developers hoped for a big turnout because they wanted public input. They said that before making any plans for developing Sailwinds, they want to know what people have in mind.
The Sailwinds 20/20 project along the Choptank River is gaining momentum and Thursday's public meeting will aid the developers when creating their plans.
Natalie Chabot, with Cambridge Economic Development said on Thursday, "Tonight kicks off a series of public meetings that we can have community engagement people can come and give their input on what is proposed there."
The 12-acre property will be a mixed-use development that incorporates both residential and commercial features.
Topping the lists for many people are typical waterfront restaurants and shops, but some other people say they have more creative ideas about how to develop the space.
"Essentially it would look like a french style market, just something opened downtown, water view seating along the water where people could come in. You could have a wine bar. You could have some open markets. Flowers oysters shuck to order and things of that nature," says local restaurant owner, Patrick Fanning.
Despite being early the process the Sailwinds project is on track, but obstacles do exist, especially when it comes to replacing the wharf.
Chabot added, "The wharf replacement, it has several pieces to it. It's a big project and it does have a high ticket price to it. It has to be done the right way with environmental concerns. It's on the waterfront and we know those things aren't easy and it's a process. It will take a while and it will take a lot of people playing in to make sure it works out."
After public input meetings have been conducted the developers will then begin building a design. Two more public meetings will be held on Jan. 23 and Jan. 31.
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